Isaiah Jackson officially signed on to join the French National 2 Team La Charite Basket 58. The 2019 Providence College graduate starts his professional basketball career after spending his last 4 years with the Friars.
Having begun his collegiate journey with George Mason, Jackson transferred to PC, sat out a year per the transfer rules, and then became a mainstay in the Friars lineup throughout his next 3 years of eligibility.
Jackson is the type of player that coaches love to have on their team and does every little thing to help make his team better. Like a souped up version of Junior Lomomba, Jackson filled an upperclassmen leadership role as the only starting Senior on a young Providence squad during his Senior campaign. He averaged 9.6 ppg (4th), 4.6 rpg (3rd), 2.3 apg (2nd), & 1.3 spg (2nd) while proving to be an all-around asset to Ed Cooley’s team that was salivating for someone to fill the void that Emmitt Holt left while dealing with a serious abdominal ailment. My all-time favorite highlight of Jackson’s has to be his huge three bomb at Hinkle Fieldhouse against Butler to beat the shot clock down the stretch.
Jackson finished as a 1,000 point player, scoring 1,041 over his college career, with 270 of those points coming during his Freshman year at GMU. I’m not sure if that makes him eligible to be in the 1,000 point club for the Friars but I’m willing to include him. The 6’6” swingman from Gainsville, Florida was able to put the basketball in the bucket in a variety of ways.
Taking a look at his new team, La Charité, there seems to only by one other American on the club, Christian Covile, who played his Senior season at DIII Adrian College following some CC ball along the way. It’s a little tough to get up to speed on the basketball team’s history because I’m having to throw everything I come across into google translator but I’m still giving it a go nonetheless. They don’t seem to have anything about a record in their current league from last year so I’m guessing that they may have a relegation system much like the European soccer leagues do.
As always, here’s some of his stellar play that I’ve posted over his time at Providence. You can get an immediate feel for how balanced is game is just based on the variety of his highlights. Passes, blocks, fast breaks, threes, finishes, just about everything you can think of, Jackson is able to provide.
Once A Friar, Always A Friar…