Westerville South’s Jackson packs the stat line


Westerville South’s Traevon Jackson is the son of former OSU and NBA great Jim Jackson.

Like father, like son.

For Westerville South’s Traevon Jackson, though, his
father just happens to be one of the state’s all-time greats.

Like father, like son. For Westerville South’s Traevon Jackson, though, his
father just happens to be one of the state’s all-time greats.

Traevon’s father, Jimmy, has a resume that few will challenge. The older Jackson was the state’s first-ever Mr. Basketball in 1988 starring for the now defunct Toledo Macomber-Whitney. A year later, Jackson helped the Craftsmen to the Division I state championship and his second Mr. Basketball award.

Following his prep career and a trip to the McDonald’s All-American game, “JJ” went on to star for the Ohio State Buckeyes playing three seasons in Columbus. Jackson was named 1st All-American in 1991 and 1992 earning player of the year honors in the latter. In 2001, Jackson’s No. 22 was retired and now hangs in the rafters of Value City Arena.

Jimmy was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in 1992 and would spend 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association playing for 12 teams from the east coast to the west coast. Jackson scored 12,690 career points.

Those facts may be hard for most to live up to, but for the younger Jackson he appears to just go about his business.

Last night, Jackson’s Wildcats were on center stage in a road contest against rival Westerville Central in front of a packed house.

With nary a player standing over 6-foot-3, it is Jackson’s ability to make everyone else rise to his level of play that makes the ‘Cats a legitimate contender in D-I. The spitting image of his father, Traevon, has the ability, basketball IQ, and moxie to compete with any player in the nation.

After a very sloppy start with several turnovers and some poor shot selection from both outfits, South settled in and took a 27-20 halftime lead.

The 6-foot-3 “King” Jackson showed his versatility in quarter No. 2. The junior southpaw scored five points, grabbed five boards, and dished out two assists, while running the show for the Wildcats.

After back-to-back triples from Jackson mid-way through the third period, it appeared South was going to pull but Central’s Max Van Meter had other ideas.

The 6-foot-6 senior erupted for 10 points and three boards in the third stanza to help keep the Warkhawks close after 24 minutes trailing 42-38.

The fourth quarter was “TJ” time, using his ability to score in the paint with both hands and create for others he helped South pull away for a 59-49 victory.

Jackson scored eight points and yanked down three more boards in the final frame. For the night, the resourceful D-I prospect packed the stat line with 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

It didn’t help the Warhawks cause when Van Meter fouled out after being blanked in the scoring column for the fourth. Van Meter ended his evening with a very respectable16 points and nine rebounds including four offensive caroms.

5-foot-10 junior Ben Jones was solid support for the Wildcats scoring 11 points and grabbing five boards. Jones is an excellent long-range shooter.

For the son of an Ohio legend, it was just another night, another game, and yet another win. Some say he is not athletic enough and others believe he doesn’t have the size, but the bottom line being the kid is a winner.

The youngster with a hesitation dribble second-to-none helped lead his AAU team (All-Ohio Red) to a 16-and-under national championship, and will give his high school team a legitimate chance to win a district title.

Jackson has offers from Wisconsin and Arizona State along with several mid-majors Akron, Cleveland State, Miami (OH), and Ohio University.

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