Akron Inks Long Beach State Transfer, Guard Loren Jackson

By Published: 5/1/2017 5:23:04 PM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Akron Athletics

Akron, Ohio – Over the weekend, the Akron Zips received a signed National Letter of Intent from Loren Jackson (Chicago, Ill.) to play for the men's basketball program, head coach John Groce announced on Monday.

Jackson is a guard transferring from Long Beach State, who will become eligible for competition during the 2018-19 season.

"Loren is a terrific fit for how we want to play; he excels off ball screens and in the open court," Groce said. "He is a gifted leader with a high basketball I.Q. He will make an immediate impact on our team and the future success of Zips Basketball."

The Windy City native appeared in 34 games and started five times for the 49ers as a freshman in 2016-17. In 18.9 minutes per game, he averaged 5.8 points, while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor (66-of-151) and 34.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (23-of-66). Jackson dished out 52 assists and grabbed 40 rebounds with 21 steals.

"Loren is a coaches' son, who has grown up in a gym," Groce said. "He is a high-character guy with a relentless work ethic and knows what it takes to get better."

Jackson was a three-star prospect and rated as the No. 9 prospect from Illinois in the 2016 class by ESPN.com. During his senior year at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla., Jackson averaged 22.2 points and 7.3 assists while leading the squad to a 27-6 overall record and the 2015-16 Grind Session National Championship.

The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office is now accepting deposits for 2017-18 men's basketball season tickets. Fans, can place deposits online anytime on GoZips.com/Tickets, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets). Attention, existing season ticket holders' renewal information will be arriving shortly.
Published: 5/1/2017 5:23:04 PM Custom Tag