Christ School's Jackson Making Strides

Junior Lakeem Jackson is progressing nicely. Christ School's having a big season and his presence is a major factor in the program's emergence.

Exactly a year ago, small forward Lakeem Jackson was tracking as a mid-major athlete and in need of academic help. Fast forward 365 days and the 6-foot-5, 200 pounder has reshaped his entire approach.

Last year's guarded and reserved persona has involved into a confident, easy going kid who is enjoying his new found approach. Jackson credits his transfer and move into the Class of 2009 at the Christ School for the transformation.

"Since Christ School I became more mature," Jackson said. "At Christ School you have to look people in the eye, shake hands and greet them everyday."

After getting serious in the classroom and exchanging pleasantries with his peers, Jackson heads to the court where Christ School rolls out a team of Division I prospects including a slashing wing player who has an offer and lots of interest.

"(Last year) I thought I was a Division I player … but now where I am now," Jackson said.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers regularly stop by to see him and offered a scholarship. Georgia Tech has twice dispatched head coach Paul Hewitt to see him and Clemson's on him hard.

"I went to the Clemson (vs. North Carolina) game two weeks ago," Jackson said. "It was nice and the atmosphere was crazy."

Jackson's energy is contagious for Christ School. In addition to imposing his attacking style on offense, Jackson brings a defensive intensity that fires up his crew. His development over the course of the year is impressive and there's room to take another leap.

"I'm still trying to get that jump shot right but it's getting closer."

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