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...