here).

Here are comments from Tory on the game and the confidence he takes with him every time he takes on the court.

Also included: more photos from the contest. here).

Here are comments from Tory on the game and the confidence he takes with him every time he takes on the court.

Also included: more photos from the contest.

Top JR Hoopster Tory Jackson: Unshakably Confident

Top junior basketball recruit <b>Tory Jackson</b> (Saginaw Buena Vista) had a big performance Friday night and GBW was on hand! His 2nd half outburst was almost good enough to pull out the win, but BV lost at the buzzer. (For those that missed the recap, click <a href="http://michigan.scout.com/2/332496.html">here</a>). <p>Here are comments from Tory on the game and the confidence he takes with him every time he takes on the court. </p><p>Also included: more photos from the contest.</p


For those that missed the recap of Friday nights thrilling contest in which Saginaw Buena Vista lost at the buzzer, click here.

Was it frustrating to have DeLaSalle pull one out two years in a row?

"Kind of. Last year it was the same kind of thing. The thing that is different is this year we’re kind of small. I could tell at the end of the first half that we were a little bit tired and they were beating us down low. I just said, ‘forget it.’ I just took over the whole second half. I wasn’t going to let anybody stop me. I didn’t care who it was! I had 38 on them last year so I knew I could do my thing."

What was going through your mind in the second half?

"I just knew they couldn’t stop me. I tried to let my teammates do their thing in the first half, but I knew that I had to take over in the second half if we were going to have a chance to win. I had a sprained ankle. That’s why I really didn’t come out aggressive in the first half. I was favoring it. In the second half I knew that I just had to forget about it and do what I needed to do."

Take me through the three-pointer that everyone thought you got fouled on. Did he foul you going up?

"He fouled me going up. I changed my shot in the air and I hit it. The referees were kind of going against us a bit because of the arguing that we were doing. I think if we wouldn’t have argued so much, I would have got that call."

You said you were going to make it down to Michigan a few weeks ago. What happened?

"I didn’t make it down to the Notre Dame game because that’s when I hurt my leg."

Do you know when you'll make it down?

"I'm really not sure. I'm really concentrating on the season right now. I'll take a look at I and see, but I don't have any set plans at this point."


*Here's an excerpt from an article on Tory that will appear in an upcoming issue of GoBlueWolverine Magazine from correspondent Andre Barthwell

It should come as no surprise that Tory's warrior like style translates to the football field. While many hoop players shy away from strapping on helmets and pads, Tory indicated that participating in the sport actually helps him on the hardwood. He attributes his increased strength and explosiveness to his play on the gridiron. He played quarterback when if there was a player that he emulated, he responded by saying, "I play like Michael Vick. I like to scramble and I love to throw the long ball. That gets me hyped!".

He accounted for 20 touchdowns this season, with 10 coming through the air and 10 coming on the ground. His best game was one in which he passed for 230 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for 190 yards and 2 TD's. We'd be remiss if we didn't also mention that the young man maintains a 3.4 GPA.

GBW will be catching Tory in action again very soon. In the meantime, here are a few more photos from Friday's contest.


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