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Posted On: 12/16/17 7:11 AM
Dyshawn Jackson (2018) has proven to be a lock-down defender, both on-ball and as a face-guarder. The 6’2” combo guard’s blend of toughness and quickness has always carried over to the offensive side too, where he dives into the lane for finishes.
But, coming into his senior season, the question mark for Jackson was his jumper.
So, he aimed to shoot one thousand 3-pointers every day over the summer. The result: in Cleveland Central Catholic’s season opener, he connected on four bombs and scored a team-high 23 points.
“I knew that a lot of teams, their scouting report for me would be to leave me open to shoot the ball,” Jackson said.
Continuing to have success as a catch-and-shoot option could open up recruitment options for Jackson. Currently, West Virginia State is his only offer. Otherwise, Jackson doesn’t have interest from any other programs.
“A lot of schools are keeping an eye on me and my brother. They want to see how good of a season we have,” Jackson said.
West Virginia State also offered his twin brother Delshawn Jackson, which is key because the two plan on sticking together in college. Delshawn has many of the same strengths as Dyshawn, making for a gritty defensive backcourt for CCC.
Dyshawn also told us that his ACT score needs to raise above it’s current status of 16. They’re both signed up for a re-take in late January. He carries a 3.2 GPA. Family is clearly important for Dyshawn, so location will also play a role in his decision, which will come after the season.
The next step to Dyshawn’s game is adding athleticism.
“I’m trying to get my athleticism more up. Like I’ve been doing the VertiMax stuff. So, by the end of the season I should be jumping a lot higher,” Dyshawn said.
He’s played off the ball most of his high school career, but is confident in his ability to slide to the point guard spot. Dyshawn believes that remaining out of foul trouble and making good decisions with the basketball are keys for team success.
Their next game is against Lorain at home on Tuesday Dec. 19.