Luke Jackson (basketball)

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Luke Jackson
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Personal information
Born (1981-11-06) November 6, 1981 (age 38)
Eugene, Oregon
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolCreswell (Creswell, Oregon)
CollegeOregon (2000–2004)
NBA draft2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career2004–2011
PositionSmall forward
Number33, 7, 6
Coaching career2013–present
Career history
As player:
2004–2006Cleveland Cavaliers
2006–2007Idaho Stampede
2006–2007Los Angeles Clippers
2007Toronto Raptors
2008Miami Heat
2008–2009Idaho Stampede
2009–2010Carife Ferrara
2010–2011Idaho Stampede
2011Hapoel Jerusalem
As coach:
2013–2017Northwest Christian
Career highlights and awards

Luke Ryan Jackson (born November 6, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player and the former head coach for the Northwest Christian University Beacons.

High school and college career[edit]

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, and CBS

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.

Professional career[edit]

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;[1] Jackson was waived before the 2006–07 season started on October 27.[2]

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,[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8] 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.[9]

Jackson was signed by the Portland Trail Blazers in August 2008,[10] but was released so the Blazers could keep under the 15-player limit.[11]

Jackson re-signed with the Idaho Stampede in December 2008.[11] He was named to the 2009 NBDL All-Star Game on February 3, 2009.

Jackson played with the Dallas Mavericks summer league team in 2009. On August 12, 2009, he moved to Italy and signed a one-year contract with Carife Ferrara.[12]

Jackson was invited to the Memphis Grizzlies preseason camp in September 2010, but was waived on October 10.

Jackson later rejoined the Idaho Stampede. In 2011, Jackson was signed by Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. from the Israeli Basketball Super League.[13]


On February 20, 2013, Jackson was introduced as the new head coach at Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, Oregon, replacing Corey Anderson.[14] 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. [15] 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[edit]

Regular season Team GP GS MPG SPG BPG RPG APG PPG
2004–05 Cleveland 10 0 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.3 2.9
2005–06 Cleveland 36 0 8.8 0.3 0.1 1.1 0.7 2.7
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 3 0 5.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.3 1.0
Toronto 10 2 12.2 0.5 0.1 0.9 0.9 4.5
2007–08 Miami 14 1 16.3 0.6 0.0 2.4 1.2 5.6
2006–07 Toronto 3 0 3.7 0.3 0.0 1.7 0.3 2.0

Career highlights and awards[edit]


NBA/NBA D-League

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northwest Christian (Cascade Collegiate Conference) (2013–2017)
2013–14 Northwest Christian 18–14 10–8 T–5th NAIA Division II First Round
2014–15 Northwest Christian 17–11 10–8 5th
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)
Total: 88–38 (.698)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Cavs trade Jackson to Celtics for center Jones". ESPN. October 13, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Bulpett, Steve (October 27, 2007). "Luke out of luck with Celtics: Jackson among final cuts". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 27, 2007.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Clippers Sign Luke Jackson to 10-Day Contract". January 8, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2007.
  4. ^ "Raptors Sign Luke Jackson to 10-Day Contract". March 25, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2007.
  5. ^ "Raptors Sign F Luke Jackson". April 14, 2007. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "Toronto Raptors News Headlines".
  7. ^ "HEAT Sign Luke Jackson, Waive Hardaway - Miami Heat".
  8. ^ "Penny Hardaway waived by Heat, making room for Luke Jackson".
  9. ^ "HEAT Waive Luke Jackson".
  10. ^ "Blazers sign former Duck star Jackson".
  11. ^ a b "STAMPEDE SIGN LUKE JACKSON". Archived from the original on December 22, 2008.
  12. ^ "Legabasket".
  13. ^ "Ohio".
  14. ^ "Luke Jackson introduced as Northwest Christian's head coach".

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