Darnell Jackson

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Darnell Jackson
Jackson dunking during his time with Cleveland
No. 32 – Meralco Bolts
Position Power forward
League Philippine Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1985-11-07) November 7, 1985 (age 28)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school Midwest City
(Midwest City, Oklahoma)
College Kansas (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
20082010 Cleveland Cavaliers
2009–2010 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2010 Milwaukee Bucks
2010–2011 Sacramento Kings
2011–2012 BC Donetsk (Ukraine)
2012–2013 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2013 Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China)
2013 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2013–2014 Shanghai Sharks (China)
2014–present Meralco Bolts (Philippines)
Career highlights and awards

Darnell Edred Jackson (born November 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association. Jackson played for the University of Kansas in college for four seasons, including the 2008 national championship team. He did not become a regular starter at Kansas until the 2007–08 season (his senior year), when he replaced Sasha Kaun in the starting lineup.

Kansas career[edit]

Jackson, who did not begin playing basketball until the ninth grade,[1] was called one of the most improved players in the nation after averaging 6.7 rebounds during his senior season at Kansas in 2007-08.[2] He attracted some attention from NBA scouts after several breakout performances, including a 25-point, 9-rebound effort against Boston College. After this performance, he was named the co-winner of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player of the Week.[3]

In 2005, Jackson's sophomore year, Jackson was suspended for nine games for accepting payments from Kansas booster Don Davis, a family friend.[4] This was part of a rough year for him, as his grandmother had been killed by a drunk driver earlier in 2005. After scoring, Jackson often thumped his chest three times. Symbolically, one of the thumps was for Jackson's grandmother, one was for his mother, and one was for Davis.[5]

He played a big role in the Jayhawks' 2008 championship season, leading the team in rebounds and shooting percentage.

Professional career[edit]

Drafted and signed by Cleveland[edit]

Jackson was selected as the 52nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat on June 26. He was traded to the Cavaliers on the same day. Interestingly, Sasha Kaun, his former Jayhawks teammate and fellow 2008 draft pick, was also acquired by the Cavaliers (from the Seattle Sonics),[6] although as of May 2011, Kaun has never played in the NBA. Jackson was signed by the team on September 6, 2008.[7]

2008 NBA Summer League[edit]

Jackson played for the Cavaliers during the NBA (National Basketball Association) Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada. In five games (four starts) he averaged 5.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game.[7]


Jackson broke his wrist during the preseason and was inactive for the first 13 games of the Cavaliers' regular season.[8] Jackson made his professional debut on November 25, 2008 against the New York Knicks. In six minutes of play, he scored four points on a perfect 2-2 from the field and grabbed two rebounds.[9] On February 9, 2009, Jackson was assigned by the Cavs to their affiliate D-League team, the Erie Bayhawks.[10] He played one game before being recalled back to the Cavs, a day later.[11] In his only game with Erie, Jackson scored a game-high[11] 24 points (on 10-of-14 field goals) in 26 minutes in a 101–89 win over Utah.[10][12]


On February 24, 2010, Jackson was assigned to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.[13] On February 26, 2010, Jackson was recalled by the Cavaliers after Shaquille O'Neal sustained a significant thumb injury against the Boston Celtics on February 25.[14] Jackson was sent down again on March 20, and recalled the next day. On March 23, he was waived by Cleveland due to the return of star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.[15] He was then claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks.[16]


On July 21, 2010, Jackson was traded to the Sacramento Kings for forward Jon Brockman.[17]


During the 2011 NBA lockout, he signed with BC Donetsk of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague.[18]


On November 1, 2012, Jackson was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[19] He left in January 2013 to sign in China.[20] In March 2013, he rejoined the Bighorns.[21]


On September 10, 2013, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[22] However, he was waived on October 17.[23] Later that month, he signed with the Shanghai Sharks of China.

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Cleveland 51 2 8.4 .430 .000 .686 1.7 .2 .2 .1 1.9
2009–10 Cleveland 27 0 4.2 .320 .333 .667 .7 .1 .1 .1 .8
2009–10 Milwaukee 1 0 9.0 .200 .0 .000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2010–11 Sacramento 59 2 8.2 .487 .273 .612 1.6 .2 .2 .1 3.2
Career 138 4 7.5 .449 .235 .644 1.5 .2 .2 .1 2.2


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