Senior guard Joe Jackson career as a Memphis Tiger is over after their blowout loss to the Virginia Cavaliers (78-60) in the third round of the NCAA tournament, so what’s next for the studded guard?
On Friday April 4, Jackson along with 20 other seniors will play in the NABC all-star game at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The taping of the game will be shown on Saturday April 5 on CBS at 11 a.m. CST.
Jackson will be on the East squad, who is being coached by Maryland’s head coach Mark Turgeon. The West squad will be coached by Johnny Dawkins of Stanford University. Jackson was the only player selected out of the American Athletic Conference. He’s also one of two players from the state of Tennessee to play in the all-star game. Shawn Jones from Middle Tennessee State is the other player.
For the season at Memphis, Jackson averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.6 rebounds a game. He shot 44.3 percent from the field. Jackson could be remembered as one of the Tiger greats as his outstanding play for four years led him to the record books.
Jackson finished his career as a Tiger in the top-10 of three categories: 7th in scoring (1,687 points), 4th in assists (567), and 7th in steals (189). Jackson is the second player in Memphis history to finish his career with at least 1,500 points, 500 assists, and 150 steals. Elliot Perry is the other Tiger.
Despite Memphis early exit out of the NCAA tournament, they were able to finish with an 24-10 overall record and half of those wins came out of the American Athletic Conference. They defeated the Louisville Cardinals twice this season and split with the SMU Mustangs, but couldn’t get wins against the UConn Huskies nor the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Under coach Josh Pastner, the Tigers have made the NCAA tournament four seasons in a row.