"Tyrone is a winner," exclaims Fresno City College Coach Vance Walberg. "He has only lost three games in the last six years." Coach Walberg knows this because he also coached the talented PG in high school, where Tyrone was a teammate of current Stanford star Chris Hernandez.
Unfortunately, one of those losses was in the second round of the JC playoffs this season. Jackson obviously is not used to losing. When asked about his most memorable moment of the season, he replied, "Well, we lost in the second round, so I don't really know what is memorable about it." Despite his focus on the loss, after some prodding the PG indicated that scoring 50 points in game against Modesto and tallying 493 assists in just two seasons as his highlights.
As impressive as those numbers appear, that is just the tip of the iceberg. "Tyrone led us in just about every statistical category," Coach Walberg stated. "He averaged 23.9 points per game and dished out 7.4 assists. He also had 118 steals." Additionally, the coach explained that the team was not a very big unit this season and that, "Tyrone also led us in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game and, despite being a point guard, also led in blocks with 69 on the season."
It is not difficult to understand why Jackson was the co-state player of the year last season and will also receive strong consideration for this year's award.
With those kids of stats, on what parts of his game does the talented PG need to improve? "Shooting and ball handling," Jackson offered, with the former being supported by his 33% shooting from behind the three-point line. Coach Walberg added that he'd like to see Tyrone develop more of a mid range game in which he stops to pop the short jumper instead of taking the ball all the way to the rim.
The gaudy awards and post season numbers have gotten Tyrone a lot of attention on the recruiting trail. Oregon, Washington, USC, BYU, SDSU, and ASU have all offered scholarships. UConn, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, and Memphis have also contacted him.
So where do the Sun Devils stand? "They are in my top three," Jackson said, adding that the group also includes USC and SDSU. "I am looking for a place with a good program, good coaches, and some playing time."
As we all know, ASU has struggled with PG play at times over the last couple seasons. This talented, all around player could definitely be a solid cog in the Sun Devil hoops machine.
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