November 29, 2020

Jackson to be Inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jim Jackson, one of the all-time great players in Ohio State men’s basketball history and currently the program’s seventh all-time leading scorer, is among six former players and two coaches who have been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Jackson will join Maryland’s late Len Bias, UCLA’s David Greenwood, Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins, North Carolina’s Antawn Jamison, Kansas’ Paul Pierce and coaches Rick Byrd and Tom Penders to form the Class of 2021.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside The College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center. The Class of 2021 will be the 16th induction class in the Hall of Fame’s history.

Jackson piled up 1,785 points in just three seasons at Ohio State, from 1989-92. Jackson averaged 5.9 rebounds and four assists per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field. He led Ohio State to Big Ten titles in 1991 and 1992 and was a two-time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year. In February of 2001, his No. 22 was retired.

A Toledo, Ohio native, Jackson attended Macomber High School and won a state championship as a senior while earning McDonald’s All-America honors. As a freshman at Ohio State in 1989-90, he averaged 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and helped the Buckeyes reach the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.

The following season, in 1990-91, Ohio State earned a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region after winning a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Jackson averaged 18.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game to earn consensus All-America honors.

As a junior in 1991-92, Jackson was the UPI National Player of the Year after averaging 22.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while leading the Buckeyes to another Big Ten title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. After that season, he entered the NBA Draft and was the No. 4 overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. He played 14 NBA seasons and compiled over 12,000 points, 4,000 rebounds and 2,000 assists.