2006 Focus: Tory Jackson

It's no coincidence that Tory Jackson's favorite player is Dee Brown. Both are undersized, get after it and can score with the best of them.

Tory Jackson used to let his emotions get the best of him, but not anymore.

The 5-9 ½, 175-pound Saginaw Buena Vista High (Mich.) junior guard, who watched his season end last week despite scoring 32 points in a regional playoff loss to Harper Woods, has matured – on and off the court.

``I really think my game developed this year," Jackson said. "My defense improved and I kept my head together in the clutch. I used to get real frustrated."

``My attitude used to be my downfall," he added. "So many people told me I had a bad temper, but I think I've overcome that."

Jackson is a big-time scorer despite his size. He's extremely quick, gets to the basket, passes the ball and also knocks down the mid-range jumper. He still needs to become a better defender and improve the consistency on his 3-pointer.

His numbers were impressive this season: 30 points per game, 9 boards and 8 assists.

The 17-year-old Jackson, who has a 3.4 GPA, is the 13th of 14 children, so it's no surprise that he's acquired toughness from his older siblings. It's also no shock that his favorite player is another undersized guard, Illinois Dee Brown.

``I was always getting bullied around and beat up," Jackson said.

Jackson will suit up with the Michigan Hurricanes this spring and summer and will also try and figure out the recruiting process. He said that it'll come down to the right fit and where he can develop into someone who could play at the highest level.

Illinois is high atop the radar, along with Michigan, Georgia Tech, Florida and Miami. Right now, Jackson admits that the Wolverines are in the driver's seat.


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