April 13, 2011
WACO, Texas – College of Southern Idaho All-American point guard Pierre Jackson has signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year, Baylor men’s basketball head coach Scott Drew announced Wednesday. Jackson completes Baylor’s three-man signing class that includes early signees Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello.
“Pierre has a great work ethic and is always in the gym trying to get better every day,” Drew said. “For a player his size, he has unbelievable athleticism which he displayed on the biggest stage at the junior college level.”
A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Jackson was earned Region 18 and NJCAA Division I All-American first-team honors after leading College of Southern Idaho to its third national title in March. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 36 games, making 34 starts at point guard. He shot 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 87 percent at the free throw line. His free throw percentage ranked him eighth nationally among NJCAA Division I players.
“Now that he’s won a junior college national title at Southern Idaho as well as the tournament MVP, I know we would love to do the same here at Baylor,” Drew said.
Jackson was named Most Valuable Player of both the 2011 NJCAA Region 18 and National Tournaments, scoring 22 points in the championship game. He averaged 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in four NJCAA National Tournament contests, while also setting a tournament record with 44 free throws made.
He earned first-team all-state honors after pouring in 736 points and dishing out 263 assists as a senior at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas. A three-year letterman, he was named MVP of the Las Vegas All-Star Game and Co-MVP of the Sunrise Division, which consists of 16 large schools in southern Nevada.
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2011 SIGNINGS
Quddus “Deuce” Bello (SG, 6-4, 180, Greensboro, N.C./Westchester [N.C.] Country Day School)
Pierre Jackson (PG, 5-10, 175, Las Vegas, Nev./College of Southern Idaho)
Quincy Miller (PF, 6-9, 210, North Chicago, Ill./Westchester [N.C.] Country Day School)