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Mark Jackson, Jr.
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Mark Jackson, Jr.

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Brooklyn, Calif.

High School:
Taft

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 210

Position:
G

Experience:
HS


Freshman Year:

  • Redshirted the 2010-11 season. A left knee sprain kept him out of practice for the last month of the season.
  • Scored six points in the Cards' Red-White intrasquad scrimmage, connecting on both of his 3-point attempts.

High School:

  • Played a shortened season his senior year at Taft High School after meeting transfer requirements.
  • Shot 45.1 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from the free throw line as a senior when the Toreadors finished with a 26-6 record, including 10-0 in the West Valley League. Taft fell to Mater Dei 75-73 in the regional semifinals of the California Division I state tournament.
  • Transferred from Taft to Calabasas High School for his sophomore and junior seasons before returning to Taft for his final season.
  • Averaged 11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 16 games with Calabasas as a junior, shooting 39.3 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from behind the arc.
  • Went 4-for-5 from three-point range in the season opener at Calabasas while scoring 17 points. He notched his season-high with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting versus Thousand Oaks.
  • Played in every game and scored 86 points (3.3 per game) as a sophomore, shooting 70.0 percent from the free throw line.
  • Son of former NBA guard and current television analyst Mark Jackson, who played 17 seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets. He ranks second on the NBA's all-time assists chart with 10,334 career assists. Pitino coached him while the head coach of the New York Knicks.

Personal:

  • Born Dec. 28, 1991 ... Son of Mark and Desiree Jackson ... Has three younger siblings (Christian, Micah and Heavyn) ... Major is communication.
  • His uncle Troy Jackson played basketball at U of L (1996-98).
  • Personal goal at U of L is to graduate.
  • Enjoys playing video games and ministry in his spare time.
  • Chose to attend U of L because "of the amazing facilities and fans, and because of a great coach in Coach Pitino."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to "be the hardest worker on the court."
  • Few people know that he's a Christian youth minister.
  • Most proud of my little brothers and sister.
  • Jesus Christ has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Feels Denzel Washington would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Kobe Bryant.
  • Wanted to wear No. 13 because it was his father's number.
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is the big screen television.
  • Would most like to meet TD Jakes.

Favorites:

  • Basketball Player: Carmelo Anthony
  • Movies: Passion of the Christ, Beautiful Mind
  • TV Shows: TBN
  • Actor: Denzel Washington
  • Comedian: Dave Chappelle
  • TV Sports Personality: Mark Jackson
  • Subject: English
  • Book: Bible
  • Musical Group/Singer: Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Brian McKnight
  • Foods: Cinnabons
  • Vacation spot: The gym
  • Best Player Ever Faced: Kobe Bryant
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