Hungry Jack's NBL
Breakers get a double-dose of Jackson
New Zealand Breakers fans are used to the name Jackson filling up the stats sheet, but for the 2015/16 NBL season there will be a double dose of Jackson action in the Breakers roster. Joining the Breakers and NBL Grand Finals MVP Cedric Jackson is new recruit Charles Jackson, an athletic 6”10” centre/power forward. The 22-year old comes to Auckland via a stint with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Summer League. In four Summer League games for the 76ers, Jackson averaged 7.5 points and six rebounds, playing around 15 minutes per game. Breakers head coach Dean Vickerman was courtside for one of Jackson’s games in Las Vegas and liked the athleticism and effort he saw. “Charles is a great athlete, he was a real presence at both ends of the floor. What impressed me the most were the hustle plays, diving for loose balls, competing for rebounds and making the extra efforts for his teammates. It was like he was already playing Breakers basketball,” said Vickerman. That effort and hustle are supported by Jackson’s NCAA stats for Tennessee Tech, with his 12.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game being backed up by averages of 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Jackson finished the NCAA season ranked 8th in Division one for double-doubles, with 18 of his 30 games seeing him put up double digit numbers in both points and rebounds. “Charles is a very active player, he is always in the game. In the Summer League games he was averaging a steal and a block per game in only 15 minutes of court time. He is a real presence physically and athletically,” said Vickerman. “All the feedback we have on him is that he is a great fit for our culture too, someone that wants to work hard and help his team get better. Charles has legitimate NBA aspirations and part of his desire to join our club is that he knows we will work hard on helping him get better and get closer to that goal. “I think our fans will love him too – he shows a lot of emotion, plays hard and makes big plays. He will definitely become a Breakers fan favourite very quickly.” Jackson will arrive in Auckland prior to the commencement of Breakers official pre-season training at the beginning of September.