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Hoops Signs Third Member of 2013-14 Class

Nino Jackson
Nino Jackson

May 1, 2013

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LOS ANGELES-- LMU men's basketball added a third member to its incoming class for 2013-14 as Head Coach Max Good announced that Nino Jackson, a native of Ardmore, Okla., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join LMU this coming fall.

Jackson, 20, is a 6-2 combo guard who spent the 2012-13 school year at Kingdom Christian Academy in Columbus, Ga., leading the Mighty Lions to the 2013 NACA Division III National Basketball Championship.

"We are very excited to have Nino joining our program," said Good. "He is a multi-talented player that can hurt an opponent in so many ways. He has had to work hard to get where he is today, to graduate from Kingdom and to earn a Division I scholarship and that gives him a lot of maturity that really shows on the court.."

He played at Northwest Classen outside of Oklahoma City as a freshman in 2009 and then attended Ardmore for two seasons. He was the All-Ardmoreite Player of the Year in 2010 while averaging 17 points a game. He helped lead the team to the Class 5A state playoffs in 2010 and 2011. He did not play in 2011-12 and then attended Christian Academy where he will graduate this May.

He guided Kingdom to the NACA Division III National Championship despite Kingdom having just four players on the floor the final four minutes. Jackson's play during the 4-on-5 stretch lifted the Lions to the title. He was named NACA Division III All-American following the season.

"Jackson is very quick and is capable hurting an opponent offensively, with his passing, defensively, on the drive and so on," said Good. " He is a terrific defender and is a very good player."


 

 

Jackson ended his career at Kingdom in electric fashion, going back-to-back games over 40 points. He scored 43 points in a 94-71 win over Gabriel Christian Academy and then 44 points in the 103-93 semifinal win that lifted the Mighty Lions to the championship game. Jackson also played for the Compton Magic in the summer and is the second incoming Lion to have played for Kingdom. He joins former teammate Evan Payne, who also signed a National Letter of Intent to join LMU this fall.

The two Mighty Lions join Patson Siame for the Lions' incoming class in 2013-14. Siame is a 6-10 forward from Zambia who attends Trinity International in Las Vegas.

2013-14 LMU Incoming Class

Name  Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Last school
Nino Jackson  G 6-2 170 Ardmore, Okla.  Kingdom Christian Academy (Ga.) 
Evan Payne G 6-2 180 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio  Kingdom Christian Academy (Ga.)
Patson Siame  C/F 6-10 210 Zambia

Trinity International (Nev.)

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