July 26, 2012 in Professional
OK, no one watches summer pro-am basketball for defense. Flint’s summer league certainly isn’t drawing spectators who want to see low scoring games and tough man-to-man defense, but still, even with little D being played, Tory Jackson‘s performance has been impressive. From Eric Woodyard of the Flint Journal:
Over a five-game stretch with Deep Impact, Jackson has led the league in scoring.
He’s averaging 49.8 points per game.
“When I play in leagues like this, it’s easy to get to the basket, but I work on stuff that I need to improve on like splitting the traps, shooting long range and just taking what they give me,” said Jackson. He spent the 2011-12 season in the NBA Development League.
“It’s a church league, so a lot of guys don’t really know how to play. That’s when you work on jump shots and the little things to become a better point guard.”
As a pure point guard at Notre Dame, Jackson was known for his ability to set up others moreso than his scoring, but as he showed in high school at Saginaw Buena Vista, he can score in a variety of ways as well. Jackson is still working on a professional career, but also suggested to Woodyard that he wouldn’t mind coaching and giving back to young kids in his community if the right pro opportunity doesn’t materialize.