There is no worry when Donovan Jackson speaks.
His fractured right wrist is healing, and Wednesday he was given the go-ahead to begin three weeks of physical therapy. If Iowa State point guard Monte Morris returns to Ames next season, he’s been told they’ll co-exist. And Iowa State’s chances for success next season? He’s confident about those too.
“I honestly feel like we can make a deep run just because of our guard play. I’m not really worried about anything to be honest,” Jackson said. “We are going to be hungry to get back to where we were, because we’re going to be doubted — highly doubted, actually — so pretty much all of us are going to have some chip on our shoulders.”
The Iowa Western C.C. point guard, who committed to Iowa State last August and signed with the Cyclones as part of their 2016 class later in the fall, is on schedule to arrive in Ames in the final days of May when classes wrap up.
Jackson only appeared in 16 games for the Reivers in 2015-16 after he fractured his right, non-shooting, wrist in mid-January. After averaging 13.6 points per game as a freshman at Iowa Western on 46 percent shooting (66-of-164 from 3), Jackson averaged 15.3 points per game (48-of-97 from 3) before the fractured wrist ended his sophomore season.
While Jackson has worked on free throws and some lifting in recent weeks, he was cleared Wednesday to begin physical therapy. Jackson will be reevaluated when the three weeks are complete and by mid-to-late-May, he hopes to be cleared for basketball activities.
“I possibly can start in the beginning of May but I’m going to go at the end,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if I’ll be completely 100 percent but I know I’ll work my tail off to get there so when I do step on campus I’ll be ready to go hopefully.”
Whether or not Morris returns to Ames for his senior season or departs for the NBA — Morris is likely to declare for the NBA Draft soon but Iowa State won’t know whether he’s returning until sometime in May — Jackson has no worries.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm has been in daily contact with his incoming guard in recent weeks and would like to pair Morris and Jackson in the backcourt.
“Coach Prohm likes playing with two point guards. That’s what he was telling me,” Jackson said. “He was just telling me don’t be worried about it because he didn’t recruit me to come in and sit on the bench and whatnot. He was just saying how he loves to utilize two point guards at the same time.”
Morris and Jackson could compliment each other if they do play together. Morris averaged 13.8 points per game as a junior in 2015-16, but has become one of the game’s best facilitators, averaging 6.9 assists per game last season.
Meanwhile, Jackson has been pegged as more of a scoring guard.
“I think I really compliment Monte just because he’s more of a passer and I’m more of a scoring type guard,” Jackson said. “He can attack and create and get shots for me while I’m open and I can really attack the basket or create open gaps and penetrate and kick it to him for an open 3 or whatnot.
“I think we’ll compliment each other pretty well.”