Luke Jackson (basketball)
November 6, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Creswell (Creswell, Oregon)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Number||33, 7, 6|
|2006–2007||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Luke Ryan Jackson (born November 6, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach for the Northwest Christian University Beacons.
High school and college career
A four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball at Creswell High School, he was Oregon's Class AAA Basketball Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000. He averaged 24.2 points, 8.1 assists and 5.0 steals per game as a senior to help Creswell win the 2000 Oregon State Basketball Championship (Class AAA). He finished his career ranked fourth all-time in Oregon high school history, with 2,095 points.
Jackson continued his on court success with a storied four-season career at the University of Oregon, leading the Ducks to an Elite Eight finish in 2002 NCAA Tournament as a sophomore. Among his teammates at Oregon were future NBA players Luke Ridnour and Fred Jones.
Jackson is the only men's basketball player in school history to place in the top ten in nine different statistical categories. He is second all-time in points scored, third in total steals, fourth in assists and seventh in rebounds and is first in free throws made. Jackson is one of two Pac-10 players to score over 1,900 points, grab over 700 rebounds and contribute over 400 assists over their career. In one of the greatest individual performances of all-time at Mac Court, Jackson scored 40 points – including 29 straight in the second half and overtime – as Oregon overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Colorado 77–72 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 17, 2004. He also became only the second freshman in Pac-10 history to record a triple-double when on February 17, 2001 he added 14 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists in a contest versus Washington. In his junior year, Jackson's second and final career triple-doubles against Florida A&M made him only the third Pac-10 player in history to achieve multiple career triple-doubles (joining Jason Kidd and Loren Woods).
Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2000–01, Pac-10 honorable mention in 2001–02, and All-Pac-10 in 2002–03 and 2003–04, he also garnered All-American honors from The Sporting News, Basketball Times, ESPN.com and CBS SportsLine.com.
His senior campaign saw the lanky swingman lead Oregon in points (21.2), rebounds (7.2) and assists (4.5) while becoming a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year award. Jackson graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in political science.
While he was selected by Cleveland with the tenth pick overall of the 2004 NBA Draft, his playing time with the Cavaliers was limited to only 46 games over his first two NBA seasons. That fall Cleveland traded Jackson, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, to the Boston Celtics in return for center Dwayne Jones; Jackson was waived before the 2006–07 season started on October 27.
Recovered from his injuries, Jackson signed with the Idaho Stampede of the NBDL. Jackson averaged 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 30.8 minutes in six games with Idaho, gaining the attention of the injury rattled Los Angeles Clippers. He signed to a 10-day contract in January 2007 with the Clippers, but his stay in Los Angeles was brief, appearing in only three games.
On March 25, 2007, Jackson was signed to a 10-day contract by the Toronto Raptors to provide bench depth. After performing well in limited minutes, he was signed to a second ten-day contract and then to a two-year pact with Toronto for the rest of the 2006–2007 NBA season, and the 2007–08 season as well. On April 18, 2007, in Toronto's last game of the regular season, Jackson exploded for a career-high 30 points and 5 assists while logging a career maximum 39 minutes in a defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers.
On October 29, 2007, Jackson was waived by the Raptors. He was reacquired by the Idaho Stampede on December 4, 2007. In his first game with that club (the only one that season), he scored 30 points in 31 minutes with 7–14 shooting, including 11–11 at the free throw line and 5–6 from long range. He also had 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot, 3 turnovers, and 0 personal fouls. He then left the team for a workout with the Miami Heat.
On December 12, 2007, the Heat released Penny Hardaway to clear a roster spot for Jackson. During his stay in Miami, Jackson averaged 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He was waived by the Miami Heat on February 6, 2008.
Jackson re-signed with the Idaho Stampede in December 2008. He was named to the 2009 NBDL All-Star Game on February 3, 2009.
Jackson was invited to the Memphis Grizzlies preseason camp in September 2010, but was waived on October 10.
On February 20, 2013, Jackson was introduced as the new head coach at Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, Oregon, replacing Corey Anderson. During his first season at the helm of the Beacons, Jackson led his team to their first ever appearance in the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament.  In four seasons as coach of the Beacons, Jackson led the team to an 88-38 record, two conference regular season titles, and three NAIA Division II tournament appearances.
NBA career averages
Career highlights and awards
- 1x NBA D-League All-Star (2009–10)
- Led NBA D-League in 3-Point Pct. (2006–07)
- NBA D-League champion (2008)
Head coaching record
|Northwest Christian (Cascade Collegiate Conference) (2013–2017)|
|2013–14||Northwest Christian||18–14||10–8||T–5th||NAIA Division II First Round|
|2015–16||Northwest Christian||28–7||17–3||1st||NAIA Division II Second Round|
|2016–17||Northwest Christian||25–6||17–3||1st||NAIA Division II Second Round|
|Northwest Christian:||88–38 (.698)||54–22 (.711)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Cavs trade Jackson to Celtics for center Jones". ESPN. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- Bulpett, Steve (2007-10-27). "Luke out of luck with Celtics: Jackson among final cuts". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2007-03-27.[dead link]
- "Clippers Sign Luke Jackson to 10-Day Contract". 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- "Raptors Sign Luke Jackson to 10-Day Contract". 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- "Raptors Sign F Luke Jackson". April 14, 2007. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
- "Toronto Raptors News Headlines".
- "HEAT Sign Luke Jackson, Waive Hardaway - Miami Heat".
- "Penny Hardaway waived by Heat, making room for Luke Jackson".
- "HEAT Waive Luke Jackson".
- "Blazers sign former Duck star Jackson".
- "STAMPEDE SIGN LUKE JACKSON". Archived from the original on December 22, 2008.
- "Luke Jackson introduced as Northwest Christian's head coach".
- "BEACONS BOUND FOR BRANSON".