Darnell Jackson

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Darnell Jackson
Jackson dunking during his time with Cleveland
Spójnia Stargard
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1985-11-07) November 7, 1985 (age 34)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High schoolMidwest City
(Midwest City, Oklahoma)
CollegeKansas (2004–2008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career2008–present
Career history
20082010Cleveland Cavaliers
2009–2010Erie BayHawks
2010Milwaukee Bucks
2010–2011Sacramento Kings
2012–2013Reno Bighorns
2013Xinjiang Flying Tigers
2013Reno Bighorns
2013–2014Shanghai Sharks
2014Meralco Bolts
2014–2015Westchester Knicks
2015Anhui Dragons
2015–2016Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2016Marinos de Anzoátegui
2016–2017Rosa Radom
2018–2019Eisbären Bremerhaven
2019–presentSpójnia Stargard
Career highlights and awards

Darnell Edred Jackson (born November 7, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for Spójnia Stargard of the PLK. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas 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.

High school career[edit]

Jackson began playing organized basketball for the first time as a ninth grader at Midwest City High School.[1]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jackson was listed as the No. 12 power forward and the No. 54 player in the nation in 2004.[2]

College career[edit]

He 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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2005, Jackson's sophomore year, Jackson was suspended for nine games for accepting payments from Kansas booster Don Davis, a family friend.[5] 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.[6]

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

College 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
Denotes seasons in which Jackson won an NCAA championship
Led the NCAA
2004–05 Kansas 24 7.0 .548 .583 1.7 0.1 0.2 0.1 2.0
2005–06 Kansas 23 15.3 .505 .769 4.9 0.3 0.6 0.1 6.3
2006–07 Kansas 38 15.3 .550 .657 5.1 0.3 0.4 0.6 5.5
2007–08 Kansas 40 24.3 .626 .333 .691 6.7 1.1 0.8 0.5 11.2

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. Sasha Kaun, his former Jayhawks teammate and fellow 2008 draft pick, was also acquired by the Cavaliers (from the Seattle Sonics).[7] Kaun was acquired by Cleveland during the 2015-2016 season, played in 25 games, and won a championship with the team.[8] Jackson was signed by the team on September 6, 2008.[9]

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.[9]


Jackson broke his wrist during the preseason and was inactive for the first 13 games of the Cavaliers' regular season.[10] 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.[11] On February 9, 2009, Jackson was assigned by the Cavs to their affiliate D-League team, the Erie Bayhawks.[12] He played one game before being recalled back to the Cavs, a day later.[13] In his only game with Erie, Jackson scored a game-high[13] 24 points (on 10-of-14 field goals) in 26 minutes in a 101–89 win over Utah.[12][14]


On February 24, 2010, Jackson was assigned to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] He was then claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Bucks.[18]


On July 21, 2010, Jackson was traded to the Sacramento Kings for forward Jon Brockman.[19]


During the 2011 NBA lockout, he signed with BC Donetsk of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague.[20]


On November 1, 2012, Jackson was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[21] He left in January 2013 to sign in China.[22] In March 2013, he rejoined the Bighorns.[23]


On September 10, 2013, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[24] However, he was waived on October 17.[25] Later that month, he signed with the Shanghai Sharks of China.

In March 2014, he signed with the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association.[26]


On October 31, 2014, Jackson's rights were traded from Reno to the Westchester Knicks in exchange for a first-round pick and the rights to Stefhon Hannah.[27] He officially joined the Knicks on November 3, 2014.[28]


In May 2015, Jackson signed with the Anhui Dragons of the Chinese National Basketball League (NBL).[29] On November 2015, he signed with Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish League.[30] He averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

On April 28, 2016, Jackson signed with Marinos de Anzoátegui of the Venezuelan League.[31]


On September 5, 2016, Jackson signed with Polish club Rosa Radom for the 2016–17 season.[32]


On October 24, 2019, he has signed with Spójnia Stargard of the PLK. [33]

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


  1. ^ Player Bio: Darnell Jackson :: Men's Basketball Archived February 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Darnell Jackson Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ Hoops notes: Emotional season for KU's Jackson - AthlonSports.com
  4. ^ Men's Basketball Weekly Honors Announced (Jan. 7) :: <blank> Archived May 26, 2011, at Archive.today
  5. ^ ESPN - Kansas F Jackson suspended nine games - Men's College Basketball
  6. ^ KUsports.com - Straight from the heart
  7. ^ Cavaliers Acquire Draft Rights to Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun
  8. ^ "Sasha Kaun". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Cavaliers Sign Darnell Jackson
  10. ^ Cavs rookie out with broken wrist
  11. ^ Darnell Jackson Game Log
  12. ^ a b Darnell Jackson Assigned to Bayhawks
  13. ^ a b Cavaliers Recall Jackson from Bayhawks
  14. ^ Jackson, Lafayette Lead Hawks Past Flash Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Cavs Send Green, Jackson To D-League Archived February 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/02/26/cavaliers.jackson.ap/index.html?section=si_latest. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  17. ^ "Ilgauskas signs with Cavs for rest of season". March 23, 2010.
  18. ^ Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - Recap - March 31, 2010 - ESPN
  20. ^ "BC Donetsk tabs big man Jackson". EurocupBasketball.com. Euroleague. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  21. ^ RENO BIGHORNS ANNOUNCE 2012-13 TRAINING CAMP INVITEES AND COACHING STAFF Archived November 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Arenas revives with 37 points and McGrady enjoy first straight win". Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  23. ^ 2012-13 Transactions Archived November 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ "Pacers sign Ron Howard and Darnell Jackson". Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  25. ^ Pacers Release Ron Howard and Darnell Jackson
  26. ^ "Meralco counting on new import Darnell Jackson to give team strong inside presence". Archived from the original on November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  27. ^ Westchester Knicks take Joseph Bertrand with initial pick
  28. ^ Westchester Knicks Finalize Inaugural Training Camp Roster
  29. ^ Monmouth wins in China as Brady leads six in double-figures
  30. ^ "Yesilgiresun Belediye reportedly agreed to terms with Darnell Jackson". Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  31. ^ "Darnell Jackson signs with Marinos de Anzoategui". Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  32. ^ "Darnell Jackson signs with Rosa Radom". Archived from the original on September 10, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  33. ^ "Spojnia Stargard tabs Darnell Jackson". Sportando. October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.

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