Lonnie Jackson, a graduate student transfer from Boston College, has battled against some of the best collegiate basketball players in the nation in the Atlantic Coast Conference. With 55 starts for the Golden Eagles against Duke, North Carolina and the like, Jackson has experience in a similar offense to Boise State that should allow him to make a seamless transition to the Broncos this season.
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Jackson ranks ninth all-time at Boston College with 175 career three-pointers. He averaged 7.8 points per game, including a career-best 8.7 per game in his sophomore year. Jackson averaged 2.0 three-pointers per game in the 2012-13 campaign (sixth in the ACC), including a single-game high of seven. Jackson's ability to shoot the three will fit in well with Bronco head coach Leon Rice's style of play--Jackson's presence on the court gives Boise State four current players who have made at least six treys in a game (joining Anthony Drmic, Nick Duncan and James Webb III).
Jackson played in just three games last season before a lower leg injury cut short his senior year. He was granted a medical hardship, allowing Lonnie a fifth year of eligibility.
The move to Boise is one that should work out well for both Jackson and the Broncos. "Once I decided to transfer, I was really looking for a school where I could compete and win championships and go to the tournament," Jackson said. "I also wanted to come to a place where I would fit into the offense, and I think the school fits perfectly with everything I was looking for. It's been more than I expected."
Jackson, former Bronco Ryan Watkins, Nigel Williams-Goss, Spencer Dinwiddie and Xavier Johnson played on an AAU team (Double Pump Elite) that won the 2010 Adidas Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas. When Watkins came to Boise State, he and Jackson stayed in contact.
Jackson said he was recruited by Boise State when he starred at Valencia High School in Valencia, California before committing to Boston College. "Once Ryan came here, he was telling me a lot about it," Jackson explained. "Once the opportunity presented itself after the season, I came on my visit. It felt like a perfect fit."
Jackson loves his Bronco teammates, saying "It's been awesome this preseason, just being around guys that are real smart and know how to play the game."
"He's a flat-out shooter," Webb III said of Jackson. "He's another Drmic."
James Reid, who, like Jackson transferred to Boise State, said, "He's a great player, very wise person. He can really play. He's finally getting used to the system and getting his body ready for the season, and he's going to surprise some people this year."
And Lonnie could not be happier with the city of Boise: "It's awesome; I love the pace out here. A lot of people are much nicer here--they smile at you when you're walking around town. It's just a good feel for me, and exactly where I'm at just trying to grow as a person and grow as a basketball player. It's one of the best places for me to be right now."
Jackson and the Broncos debut Friday in Taco Bell Arena against Northwest University of Washington. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.