Jackson is the starting guard for the St Andrew's College team who are a top ranked high school here in New Zealand. A really promising wing who has length and plays the game the right way and hard. Nice catch & shoot player who can also attack closeouts and use his length to get into the paint and finish plays. A hard working player who is good to coach, wants to get better and is a good team mate.
High School Stats (2021): 17ppg, 8rpg, 2apg, 2spg
Mick Downer (Mainland Eagles Academy Head Coach, Former ANBL Coach):
A really promising wing who has length and plays the game the right way and hard. Nice catch & shoot player who can also attack closeouts and use his length to get into the paint and finish plays. A hard working player who is good to coach, wants to get better and is a good team mate. We really like his competitive nature and what he brings to the teams culture on and off the court. The past couple of years he has worked really hard on his body in the weight room and has a really good frame to be able to play at the collegiate level.
Aled Jones (St Andrew’s College Head Coach):
I have been coaching Jackson for the last 5 years. The amount of progress that he has made since when I first saw him 5 years ago to the player he is today has been remarkable, he has turned himself into a complete player. Jackson will give his all for you on both ends of the floor, he possesses great defensive instincts rotating into help and challenging shots vertically. He also is very capable of staying in front of his man and cutting him off. Offensively Jackson is a versatile 3 level scorer, he has great patience and touch around the basket, he can get into the midrange with pull ups off penetration or coming off ball screens, he also moves well off the ball to get himself into the right spots to receive kickouts and he knocks these shots down at a very high percentage. Jackson is also a very willing passer and playmaker.
Other than what Jackson has displayed on the court, he is without a doubt the most hard working player that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. He is relentless with his work ethic, always getting into the gym to get extra shots and workouts whenever he possibly can.
He is extremely coachable and will actively listen to all instructions and advice and do his best to implement what has been given to him.
I believe that Jackson would be an asset to any program, as he will only keep getting better.
The Mainland Eagles Academy support young players in their development. The Academy has had coaches including Mark Dickel (UNLV Alum), Ben Sheat (U19 New Zealand Men Asst Coach), Mick Downer (former Australian Olympic Assistant Coach) & Mel Downer (former Australian Centre of Excellence Head Coach). The academy has supported development of over 50 US college scholarship players, national team players & pro’s including Max Darling (Illawarra Hawks), Taylor Britt (Perth Wildcats), Mary Goulding (Fordham University), Sam Timmins (University of Washington), Quinn Clinton (St Mary’s), Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist), Harrison Meads (Pepperdine), Angus McWilliam (TCU/UC Riverside), Amiee Book (Fresno State), Tsubasa Nisbet (Georgia Southern), Max de Geest (Long Beach), Tom Webley (University of Hartford), Helen Matthews (Wofford) & Mason Whittaker (American University).
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