Prospect Spotlight: Naomi Jackson (2019)
After advancing to a Class 4A state title last season, Grinnell has its sights set on a trip back to Wells Fargo Arena this March, 5-foot-7 guard Naomi Jackson is a big reason why. The No. 4-ranked Tigers have eight…
After advancing to a Class 4A state title last season, Grinnell has its sights set on a trip back to Wells Fargo Arena this March, 5-foot-7 guard Naomi Jackson is a big reason why.
The No. 4-ranked Tigers have eight of their 10 leading scorers back from a season, including sharpshooter Jackson, who averaged 12.4 points per game as a junior.
“Definitely shooting is my strength and I’ve always loved to shoot, so just being able to increase my range is definitely my strength,” said Jackson, who canned 72 3s last season, more than anyone else in 4A.
She added: “I’m working on my off the dribble game, like when my 3-point game is not available to me. And maybe getting a floater or someone else a shot off of that.”
This past offseason, Jackson was playing alongside some of the state’s elite talent with Kingdom Hoops 17U.
“I really enjoyed it, the coaches are all super nice, and I love being able to play with such super girls like Maggie McGraw and Zoe Young,” said Jackson. “It was so much fun playing with them and traveling everywhere.”
And now, her senior season at Grinnell is underway. The Tigers started their 2018-18 campaign with W, 55-50 over Des Moines Christian. Jackson netted 11 points in the win, and provided some leadership.
“I’m looking to be more of a leader on the court. We have three main returning players, but the rest of the girls didn’t get much time, so just helping them adjust and being able to get them confident in what they can do,” said Jackson.
Next year, Jackson will be donning a Washington U uniform. She had a great visit to the St, Louis school and was able to forge some relationships with the coaches and professors. It’s one of the best academic and basketball D3s in the nation.
“Academics is my top priority and it’s a top 20-ranked school for academics,” said Jackson. “That, as well as how good they are at basketball just really helped me choose Wash U.”