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NAZ Suns Acquire Joe Jackson

By Jacob Withee | March 1, 2017

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns announced Wednesday that they have acquired guard Joe Jackson.

Jackson returns to the D-League after spending the last two seasons overseas. NAZ retains his rights and adds him to their current roster, as he played for the Bakersfield Jam in 2014-15.

He will wear No. 8 for Northern Arizona, and could be available for the Suns game Wednesday night against the Raptors 905 at the Prescott Valley Event Center at 6:30 p.m. MT.

The 6-foot 1-inch, 171-pound guard was most recently on the Maccabi Rishon Lezion as part of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. He played in two games, recording six points and seven assists in 33 minutes.

This came a year after the Memphis product spent a season with the Goyang Orions in the Korean Basketball League. Jackson was second on the team that season in scoring, averaging 15.3 points in 66 games. He also tallied 4.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game.

Jackson joins the Suns after playing the 2014-15 season with the Jam. He played in 38 regular season games, averaging 13.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 24.8 minutes per game.

He earned the NBA D-League Most Improved Player award that season, and was named to the All-NBA Development League All-Defensive Second Team.

The 25-year-old saw his best game on March 26, 2015, against Oklahoma City where he had a monster double-double with 32 points and 16 assists. He shot 13-for-17 from the field that game and also notched five steals.

Jackson played all four collegiate years at the University of Memphis, averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his 139 total games. He started 116 of those games with the Tigers, leading his team as far as the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in 2013.

He became the first player in Conference USA history to win back-to-back league tournament MVP honors in 2011 and 2012, and was even the fifth player in Memphis basketball history to be named the Conference USA Player of the Year.

Jackson is originally out of Shelby, Tennessee. The Suns roster now sits at 11 players.

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