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Posted On: 05/20/18 5:00 AM
Following a run to states, Lorain is poised to compete for another Regional Championship next season. They bring back their key contributors and should count on a boost in production from guys like 6’3” guard Jordan Jackson (2020), who averaged 6.0 points per game in OHSAA tournament as a sophomore.
Jackson’s best game during the run was a 14-point showing in the Regional Finals. A game later, Jackson had just two point against Moeller. He told us that the Schottenstein Center crowd was a little overwhelming.
“Me being a sophomore playing in front of all those people, I got nervous for real,” Jackson told us.
However, those count as learning moments for a young prospect. As mentioned, they have a chance to be in the same position next season. Jackson tells us he’ll be “a lot more comfortable” if the opportunity strikes again.
Along with Jackson, a 3.8 GPA student (16 ACT score), Lorain made the run with mostly non-seniors dominating playing time.
“It helped us grow a lot because we were all young. Only two seniors and most of our team is coming back,” Jackson said. “A lot of people thought we weren’t going to make it that far [last year] because of how young we were. We had no returning seniors.”
Jackson provided scoring ability from the wing, especially on the drive. By next season, he hopes to be a more complete scorer and overall player.
“I want to shoot a little bit better and pick up my defense a lot … I think I can guard any position; I just want to be able to lock up any position,” Jackson said.
In order to improve, he’s been routinely working out with Lorain’s two 2019 studs Devon Grant and Taevon Pierre-Louis.
“We work-out every morning at 6 o’ clock before school,” Jackson said. “They help me a lot.”
Recruitment isn’t quite underway for Jackson, who tells us he’s taking it day-by-day until colleges come around. Programs who eventually recruit Jackson will be attracted to his driving ability. He is a big guard who uses his strength and has some wiggle with the ball. Jackson also rebounds in traffic. Tough enough to defend larger wings.
In the meantime, Jackson is playing on the Hard Work 16U team that also includes Aaron Whitehead, Marlon Landingham, and other NEO prospects.