The second part of our series Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods checks in with ex-Cavaliers' Lottery pick Luke Jackson. For part one of our series featuring Martos Napoli's Damon Jones, click here.
Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods: Luke Jackson
In 2004 Cleveland Cavaliers GM Jim Paxson spent the 10th pick of the NBA draft on a SF from Oregon named Luke Jackson. The Cavaliers needed some outside shooting at the time, and the four year product from the PAC-10 looked like a nice fit. Five seasons later, with an NBA career stat line that reads 73 games played with a 3.5 ppg average, he's still a good fit. Only now that fit is in Italy... playing for Carife Ferrara.
And he's off to a good start with the Italian club since signing this offseason. Through yesterday, Luke's played in 13 games for Carife Ferrara averaging 16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per contest. His high game this season was on January 9th when he scored 30 against Benetton TV. He also scored 23 points twice, the first game of the season against Banca Tercas, and on December 12th against Scavolini PS. On November 22nd, against Damon Jones' squad Martos Napoli, he tallied 16.
To Jackson, according to the Italian Basketball site Blog Ferrara, playing in Italy so far reminds him of the good old days up in Eugene, as he explained to the site earlier this season... (translated: I hit the translate button in the top right-hand corner):
"This atmosphere is special to me, and it reminds me alot of my college days. In the US, on the NCAA level, there a many small towns and communities that are very passionate about their local basketball team, which is very similar to the passionate supporters here in Italy. With all the people being so friendly, stopping me on the street and encouraging me, it really reminds me of the days I spent in Oregon playing for the Ducks."
Photo Credits: Blog Ferrara