Danny Green and Cedric Jackson were seated courtside Saturday watching Jackson's alma mater get a 77-69 win over Youngstown State. After the game, Darnell Jackson came down to join them on the court, and they signed autographs for every kid that asked them too. As a basketball fan in Cleveland, I am a big fan of this. Credit Danny Ferry for helping to create this synergy between the Cavaliers, Cleveland State, and the community, and credit Cedric Jackson for being good enough for allowing him to do so.
And don't think for a second this won't impact CSU's recruiting in a major way. I don't care who you are, its gotta be cool playing college basketball with NBA players sitting courtside. Which is what I asked Sophomore Guard Jeremy Montgomery - who had 18 points on 4 of 6 from three - after the game:
"It means a lot, especially when one of the guy's are from your program. Ced worked a lot with me last year, and we're proud of him, where he's at, and I want to go out there and make him proud.
At one point in the second half, Montgomery hit a big three, and on his way back down the court pointed at Green and Jackson.
"When I hit that shot, I just wanted to let him know I appreciate all that, and show him some love."
Cedric Jackson was showing love too after the game, seen above signing an autograph. He scored his first NBA point last night when he hit a free throw during the closing minutes of the Cavaliers win over the Timberwolves Pacers (thx Jeff).
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