Tag:Joe Jackson
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:57 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 5:14 pm

Joe Jackson refuses to give into pressure of city

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By Jeff Goodman

I feel for Joe Jackson. 

The Memphis native doesn't want to leave his city, the one that bestowed the savior label upon him when he decided to remain home and play for the beloved Tigers on Sept. 11, 2009. But the pressure has clearly gotten to him. 

I don't know Jackson especially well, but you connect with certain kids. There have been plenty through the years for me -- and Jackson is one of them. I'm guessing I'm not the only media member who feels this way, either. 

Jackson's honesty is truly refreshing. 

"It is frustrating," he told CBSSports.com on Monday afternoon just prior to his first practice since deciding to remain with the Memphis program. "I feel like I've only played up to my potential only a couple times since I've been in college -- and I'm so used to doing it on a consistent basis." 

Jackson was right there with Kyrie Irving, Josh Selby and Brandon Knight as one of the elite point guards in the Class of 2010. He'd admitted that he thought he'd be one-and-done and off to the NBA, but now he understands that's not a reality. 

"It's hard," Jackson said. "Everybody has an opinion around here and you can't listen to everyone. It's tough when you're at home." 

Jackson met with Memphis coach Josh Pastner on Friday and was told to take a couple of days to contemplate whether he wanted to remain with the program and on the team. 

"I love this city," he said. "This was always a dream of mine to play for Memphis, be a Penny Hardaway type of guy. I want to be that person." 

Player and coach met again on Sunday and Jackson informed Pastner that he wasn't going anywhere - no matter how difficult it's been for him over his first year and a half. 

"He's got both feet in," said Pastner, who brought Jackson off the bench for the first time this season against Robert Morris. "I love Joe. He's still learning and has his best basketball ahead of him." 

But Jackson is frustrated, because the team is struggling and he isn't playing up to expectations, either. However, his numbers -- whether it be scoring, shooting, turnovers -- have improved from his freshman season. 

"I look at myself in the mirror and I know I've got a lot of talent," Jackson said. "I can't let it go to waste. I can't." 

Jackson knows it would be easier to go somewhere else, finish out his career someplace where he could be anonymous and wouldn't have to field advice from the janitor to the cashier at the convenience store. But he doesn't want to leave this city. This is his city. 

"I have the fear of not making it," Jackson said. "That's what puts stress on me. Maybe if I was somewhere else, I wouldn't feel like I had the pressure of the entire city on me." 

"It's hard because when you've got it going, it's the best," he added. "No one can take you down. It's like you're on a cloud. But when you're losing and not playing well, it's hard. It feels like I am letting everyone down."

Jackson reminds me he's just 19 years old, that he still has plenty of time left to get himself - and his team - on the right track. 

"My frustration isn't about me coming off the bench or my personal game," Jackson said. "I feel like I haven't done anything to help the team get to the next level." 

"I'm still a good player," he added. "And I'm going to get a lot better. Sometimes it's just not your time." 

But Jackson isn't giving up on the fact that his time won't come -- in Memphis. 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:22 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 2:30 pm

Jackson opts against transfer to stay at Memphis

By Gary Parrish

Memphis sophomore Joe Jackson has decided against transferring and will remain with the Tigers, Eric Robinson, Jackson's former summer coach, told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Jackson missed Saturday's win over Charlotte after meeting with Pastner on Friday to discuss his future, and multiple sources told CBSSports.com that the possibility of transferring was discussed. The sources said Pastner told Jackson to "take a couple of days" to think about it, which he did. On Sunday, the Memphis native decided to return to the team. He is expected to play Wednesday against Tennessee.

Jackson is averaging 11.9 points and 3.1 assists this season.

Memphis is 8-5 with five losses to opponents currently ranked in the AP Top 25.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 8:33 am

Transferring a 'possibility' for Memphis' Jackson

By Gary Parrish

Memphis sophomore Joe Jackson is "confused, unhappy and not having fun," and transferring out of the program "is an option" before the start of the second semester, Jackson's former summer coach Eric Robinson told CBSSports.com late Friday.

Jackson will not play Saturday night against Charlotte.

He's supposed to meet with Memphis coach Josh Pastner again on Sunday.

"My opinion is he might not wear a uniform in Memphis again," Robinson told CBSSports.com by phone. "It's nobody's fault. Josh has a system [but] I don't know where Joe fits in it, and Joe said he's confused, unhappy and not having fun. And I always say if you're not happy you need to do something about it.

"They're trying to work things out, and I hope they can work things out," Robinson added. "But if not, Joe and the Tigers might have to part ways."

This development comes one day after Jackson was omitted from the starting lineup for the first time this season. The tiny combo guard started the Tigers' first 11 games -- sometimes at point, other times off the ball -- but struggled with consistency while Memphis limped to a 6-5 record. The Tigers improved to 7-5 on Thursday with a win over Robert Morris, but Jackson did not start that game. He instead came off the bench and went scoreless in 21 minutes. Now, Robinson said, transferring "could be a possibility."

Jackson is averaging 11.9 points and 3.1 assists this season.

He's a former McDonald's All-American and was among Pastner's first high-profile signings.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 11:53 am

US U-19 team hangs on, earns No. 1 seed in Latvia

By Jeff Goodman

Lithuania blasted the US U-19 team by 33 points exactly one week earlier.

Sure, it was only an exhibition game.

But still.

This time, in a game that counted, Jeremy Lamb was dominant from a scoring standpoint, Joe Jackson was running the show – and Doug McDermott was his usual solid self.

The United States led by nine after three quarters and was up eight with less than a minute left in regulation.

But the Americans couldn’t close it out – and moments later, were down a half-dozen in overtime. However, Lamb, who finished with 35 points, hit a huge turnaround with 1.8 seconds left that gave the U.S. a 107-105 victory.

``We showed a lot of resiliency,” US coach Paul Hewitt told CBSSports.com from Latvia. ``Our guys didn’t freelance, they executed and we got the ball inside.”

Hewitt was pleased, in particular, with the mental toughness displayed by Florida big man Patric Young – who missed a pair of free throws that could have won the game in regulation.

``I really think this will help him in his career,” Hewitt said. ``He came back and made all of his free throws in overtime and had a couple of big dunks.”

Hewitt’s team will play Croatia tomorrow, but regardless of the outcome, they will advance to the medal round as the top overall seed.

The quarterfinals begin Friday and the gold medal game is set for Sunday, July 10.

No US team has ever won the U-19 championships on European soil.

``Jeremy Lamb was unbelievable today,” Hewitt said. ``He made a conscious effort to use screens. I think Jeremy’s one of those guys where the biggest the moment, the more he prepares. He was focused and all business today.”

- Hewitt is now sold on Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas, who finished with 30 points and 15 boards in the loss. Valanciunas was chosen fifth overall by the Toronto Raptors. ``He’s the real deal. I love his competitiveness. After the game, he was so upset he was crying and punching walls. He went Rambo on us in the second half.”

- Hewitt was even more complimentary of Croatian 17-year-old forward Dario Saric, who he compared to a young Dirk Nowitzki. ``He’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a young Dirk. Ever,” Hewitt said. ``He’s 6-foot-10 and is unbelievable. I’ve never seen a big guy make some of the passes he does.”

- Lithuania was without its starting point guard, Vytenis Cizauskas, who sat out with an ankle injury. 

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