Jacko to Play Professionally
Adom Jacko announced he will not play his senior season at LMU and will begin to play professionally.
LOS ANGELES - Junior forward Adom Jacko announced on Monday he will forego his senior season for the Lions and will look to play professionally.
"This was a hard decision for me, but after sitting with my mom and my uncle, we talked it out and feel this is the right decision for me and my future," said Jacko. "My one year at LMU got me better both physically and mentally for the next level. This was a great experience for me and I will be saddened to not be a part of a great group of teammates as a senior. However, I am excited for what awaits me as I head into the professional ranks. I want to thank the coaching staff, players and everyone who has supported me as I make this decision. I was welcomed to LMU and I am very grateful for being a Lion."
Jacko, a junior college transfer from Chaffey College, began to hit his stride in conference play, going six straight games with 20 or more points before missing the last six games with the back injury. He led the Lions in scoring (16.6 ppg) and in rebounding (6.4 rpg), earning second-team All-West Coast Conference honors.
"Adom has a bright future of ahead of him and we are very excited for what he will be able to achieve as he moves forward with his career," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "As a junior he improved throughout the season and was one of the more dominate post players in our league as the season concluded. We were looking forward to what he would be able to accomplish as a senior for the LMU program, but we understand his decision and we are very, very excited for his future."
He was the first player to go six straight games with at least 20 points since 1999, and he posted a career-high 35 points and seven rebounds, hitting 13-for-20 from the field against Portland. On Jan. 23 against BYU, Jacko finished the game 11-for-12 from the field, equaling the all-time LMU record for shooting percentage in a game (91.6 percent - 10 or more attempts). Jacko had five double-doubles on the season and still ranked ninth within the WCC in scoring at 16.6 ppg, third in shooting at 55.7 percent (which was 44th nationally), ninth in rebounds at 6.4, seventh in blocks at 0.9 bpg and seventh in offensive rebounds at 2.4.
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