TAHLEQUAH– Northeastern State will add a Division I transfer and a NJCAA All-American to its men’s basketball roster, head coach Mark Downey announced on Wednesday afternoon.
D’Angelo Jackson (DJ), a 6-3 guard, from will come to NSU for his senior season after playing at Eastern Illinois. Jackson started nine games for the Panthers in the first half of the season and averaged close to ten points a game before being slowed by an injury, missing 12 games. The Racine, Wis. native came back in played in three games off the bench in the final week of the season, and played in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Tournament.
At Eastern Illinois, Jackson finished the year shooting 50-percent from the arc, and averaged 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.
“DJ is a do-it-all, big wing that we have been looking for all year,” said Downey. “He was hampered by an injury at Eastern Illinois, but he is now healthy and looking forward to great senior season. I love DJ’s versatility and he can play every guard position.”
“DJ has a high basketball IQ, he can score on every level, and is also a vocal leader that makes really good decisions with the ball in his hands. He has great vision and can really pass the ball. I am looking forward to coaching D’Angelo; he has a bright future at NSU.”
Prior to EIU, Jackson was a second team All-American at Highland CC in Freeport, Ill. where he averaged 21 points per game on a squad that went 27-7, and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament. Jackson was named Arrowhead Conference Player of the Year and Region Four Player of the Year averaging six rebounds and five assists per outing.
As a freshman, Jackson was an All-Region and First Team All-Conference honoree, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds, and nearly three assists.
Jackson played at Case High School in his hometown of Racine and was named Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He was also named the Racine County Player of the Year as a senior.