Jarrius Jackson

Jarrius Jackson (born June 18, 1985) is an American-born naturalised-Italian professional basketball player who last played for Umana Reyer Venezia of the I

Jarrius Jackson
Free agent
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 (age 36)
Monroe, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican / Italian
Listed height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Listed weight80 kg (176 lb)
Career information
High schoolOuachita Parish
(Monroe, Louisiana)
CollegeTexas Tech (2003–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Undrafted
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007–2008Palma Aqua Mágica
2008–2009BC Khimik
2009MBC Mykolaiv
2009–2010Fastweb Junior Casale
2010–2012Prima Veroli
2012–2014Vanoli Cremona
2014–2015Givova Napoli Basket
2015–2016Umana Reyer Venezia
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

The Monroe, Louisiana native played for local Ouachita Parish High School until 2003, earning All-District honours for 4 years, including two MVP awards. He was named to the Louisiana 5A All-State First Team as a junior and a senior, averaging 27.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game during the latter year.[1]

During that period he also played AAU basketball with the Shreveport Select at the National Under-16 tournament.[2]

College careerEdit

Jackson joined Texas Tech, playing in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA Division I, in 2003. As a freshman, he started in 32 of the 34 games he played, averaging 11.3 points (team second-best), 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals (team-best) in more than 32 minutes per game. He was selected into the Big 12 All-Freshman Team for 2003-04.[1]

During his sophomore season, he started all 33 games, posting 15.3 points, a team-leading 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 34 minutes per game as he received All-Big 12 Third Team honours.[1]

He led the entire Big 12 Conference in scoring with 20.5 points per game during the 2005-06 season, ranking 21st nationally. The junior added team-leading 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals in more than 38 minutes (more than anyone else in the conference). He was selected in the USBWA All-District 7 Team and All-Big 12 First Team.[1][3]

He was briefly suspended in November 2006 for academic reasons,[4] but returned to the side before play started.[5] In his senior year, he again started all games, leading the Raiders in scoring with 19.9 points per game, in addition, he had 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals.[6] Jackson also added a heap of awards: NABC All-District 9 First Team,[7] Senior CLASS Award Second Team,[8] USBWA All-District 7 Team,[9] and a second successive selection to the All-Big 12 First Team.[10]

At the end of his collegiate career in 2007, Jackson was ranked second in the Red Raiders’ all-time scoring list with 2,221 points, his 133 games were a new record.[6] He took part in the NABC All-Star Game and Three-Point Contest in March of that year.[11]

Professional careerEdit

Going undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft, Jackson played for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League.[12] The American then moved to Europe, signing a one-year deal with Palma Aqua Mágica of the Spanish second division LEB Oro in July 2007.[13] He parted ways with the Spaniards in February 2008, moving to Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague outfit Khimik a month later.[14]

Jackson stayed with Khimik until January 2009, where he was part of a group of players released by the side after a heavy defeat.[15] He then finished the season with rival Ukrainian side Mykolaiv.

In July 2009, he moved to Italian team Fastweb Junior Casale of the second division Legadue.[16]

The next season, he moved to another Legadue club, Prima Veroli.[17] He would stay two years with Veroli, averaging 19.4 points per game in his first season and 14.1 in his second.[18] Jackson scored 22 points as Veroli won the 2011 Italian Legadue Cup, being designated game MVP on the same occasion.[19]

In July 2012, Jackson moved to Vanoli Cremona, another Italian club but this time in the first division Serie A.[18] After a first season in the top flight where he contributed 13.6 points per game (48.9% and 35.1% shooting percentage from two and three respectively), he extended his contract through 2013-14.[20] He increased his personal statistics the next season, posting 16.9 points per game.[21]

In August 2014, he returned to the second division, signing with Givova Napoli Basket.[21][22] Though he became Napoli's best scorer, the team struggled, especially off the pitch where it was plagued by financial problems, fueling exit rumours about Jackson amidst interest from Serie A sides.[23] That proved to be the case as he rescinded his contract on 21 January 2015,[24] at the time he was the fourth best scorer in the league with 19.2 points in more than 37 minutes per game, adding 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists.[25]

On the same day he left Napoli, he signed with Serie A side Umana Reyer Venezia.[26] The guard contributed 7,7 points in more than 20 minutes per game during the 15 regular season games he played, adding 7,1 points in 17 minutes in 12 playoff games as Reyer reached the playoff semifinals. In July 2015, his contract with the Venice side was renewed for 2015-16.[27]


On 14 January 2013, Jackson became an Italian citizen, he received the passport thanks to the Italian origins of his wife Adriana. He declared at the time that his Italian was getting better but not as good as that of his wife and two children. Though he has an Italian passport, he is not considered an Italian player in the league as he does not answer the requirements, he plays with the status of an EU player.[17][28]


  1. ^ a b c d "2006-2007 Texas Tech University - #22 Jarrius Jackson" (PDF). cstv.com. Texas Tech Raiders. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. ^ Finamore, Steve (3 July 2001). "The Best of the 16-And-Unders". Scout.com. Detroit. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Jarrius Jackson and Martin Zeno Earn Big 12 Honors". TexasTech.com. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Texas Tech dismisses Jackson from team for academic reasons". USAToday30.com. Lubbock (Texas). Associated Press. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  5. ^ Ethridge, Tim (16 November 2006). "There's no middle ground with Bob Knight". CourierPress.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Prospect profile - Jarrius Jackson". NBA.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Thirteen Big 12 Men's Basketball Players Named NABC All-District". Big12sports.com. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Jarrius Jackson". SeniorCLASSAward.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  9. ^ "USBWA names 2006-07 men's All-District teams". SportsWriters.net. St. Louis. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  10. ^ "2006-07 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big12sports.com. Irving (Texas). 4 March 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Red Raider Jarrius Jackson in Atlanta". CSTV.com. Lubbock (Texas). 28 March 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Texas Tech team report". CSTV.com. The Sports Xchange. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  13. ^ "El Palma Aqua Mágica confirma la llegada de Jarrius Jackson" [Palma Aqua Mágica confirms the arrival of Jarrius Jackson]. ACB.com (in Spanish). Europa Press. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  14. ^ Muzyka, Alexander (21 March 2008). "Eurobasket news report (3/21/2008) - Jackson instead of Mazeika". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Khimik part ways with players after Gala fiasco". FIBAEurope.com. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Hall, Jackson e Chiotti firmano per la Junior" [Hall, Jackson and Chiotti signed by Junior]. ASJunior.com (in Italian). 23 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  17. ^ a b Contessa, Michele (22 January 2015). "È ufficiale, la Reyer ha preso Jackson" [It's official, Reyer has taken Jackson]. NuovaVenezia.it (in Italian). Mestre. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  18. ^ a b Bargna, Giovanni (29 July 2012). "Eurobasket news report (7/29/2012) - Cremona ink Jarrius Jackson". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  19. ^ "Veroli fa il tris. Jackson MVP a Novara" [Veroli does the triple. Jackson MVP in Novara]. CorrieredelloSport.it (in Italian). Novara. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Jackson ancora in biancoblù" [Jackson again in white and blue]. LaProvinciaCr.it (in Italian). La Provincia di Cremona. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Eruobasket news report (8/11/2014) - Jarrius Jackson is a newcomer at Napoli Basket". Eurobasket.com. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  22. ^ Majorano, Bruno (10 August 2014). "Basket Napoli, ingaggiato Jarrius Jackson" [Basket Napoli, Jarrius Jackson is recruited]. IlMattino.it (in Italian). Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  23. ^ Caiazzo, Marco (27 December 2014). "Napoli Basket, aria di smobilitazione: "Ma la società andrà avanti"" [Napoli Basket, an air of demobilisation; "But the club will go on"]. Repubblica.it (in Italian). Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  24. ^ "LNPillole, le notizie di mercoledì 21 gennaio" [LNPills, the news of Wednesday 21 January]. LegaPallacanestro.com (in Italian). 21 January 2015. Archived from the original on 24 January 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  25. ^ "Jackson Jarrius". LegaPallacanestro.com (in Italian). Retrieved 1 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "Ufficiale: l'Umana Reyer ingaggia Jarrius Jackson" [Official: Umana Reyer recruits Jarrius Jackson]. Reyer.it (in Italian). 21 January 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  27. ^ "Ufficiale: l'Umana Reyer conferma anche Jarrius Jackson" [Official: Umana Reyer also confirms Jarrius Jackson]. Reyer.it (in Italian). 22 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  28. ^ Rossi, Alessandro (24 January 2013). "Jackson "Se l'Italia chiama... Io ci sono"" [Jackson "If Italy calls... I'm there"]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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