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Jackson grabs top athlete honor
Athlete of the Month Vernon Jackson and Coach William Altman. - photo by Photo by Ross Blair
During the tail end of basketball season, Richmond Hill High School basketball player Vernon Jackson excelled at both offense and defense to become one of the leaders on his team. For this, Jackson was recently named February Bryan County Athlete of the Month.
RHHS head basketball coach William Altman said Jackson was sick during the very last game, during the region tournament versus West Laurens. But not even that stopped him from scoring 14 points in the first half and 18 overall. Altman said that paints an accurate picture of Jackson’s talent and determination.
Between rebounding and taking charges, Jackson formed an impressive defensive front. And he’s no slouch on offense. During the month of February, Jackson averaged 13 points a game with 8 rebounds and 5 charges.
“My dad played basketball, as did several others in my family,” Jackson said. “I grew up around the sport and have been playing as long as I can remember.”
Jackson has set his sights set on playing college ball.
He participated this week in a college showcase in Atlanta over the weekend, with some impressive results. Jackson, a junior, competed in the event against mostly seniors and junior college players and came out of it being one of 30 picked for the all-star game and one of 10 to start the game. This is out of 160 players. On top of that, Jackson scored 8 points in the all-star game.
Altman said Jackson’s likeable personality has earned him the respect of teachers, peers and teammates alike and has a bright future in the sport of basketball.
Honorable mentions: RHHS basketball’s Lorenza Ross, Robbie Bynum, Tyler Carlson, Dajah Davis and Sarah Goolsby, BCHS basketball’s Winston Johnson, Olivia Melvin and Satashala Beasley.
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