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SOPHOMORE GRIZZLY BASKETBALL player Keaton Jackson, left, recently signed a national letter of intent to complete his collegiate playing career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Joining him as he signs his paperwork is Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

SOPHOMORE GRIZZLY BASKETBALL player Keaton Jackson, left, recently signed a national letter of intent to complete his collegiate playing career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Joining him as he signs his paperwork is Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Keaton Jackson, a sophomore on the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team, will continue his collegiate playing career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-Edwardsville).

 

Jackson, a 6-foot, 10-inch forward, from Vancouver, Wash., signed a national letter of intent with the Cougars Friday, April 19.  The Cougars are an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Ohio Valley Conference.

 

“Keaton has been an outstanding player for the Grizzly Basketball program,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.  “He brought our program more national exposure by being featured in the Basketball Times last summer.

 

“We were fortunate to find him and have him here for two years,” the coach continued.  “Being tucked away in the northwest, he was severely under-recruited in high school, but he came to Missouri State-West Plains, worked hard, earned a spot on the NJCAA All-Region 16 team this season and received an NCAA Division I scholarship.”

 

“Missouri State-West Plains has given me an excellent opportunity to continue my education, as well as my basketball career,” Jackson said.  “I have grown a lot in the last two years.  SIU-Edwardsville is the right choice for me.  As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew it was where I needed to be.  The coaches and players instantly made me feel like family.”

 

This past season, Jackson averaged 7.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game and shot 56.4 percent from the field and 67.6 percent from the free throw line against all opponents this season.  He also had 17 assists, 63 blocks and 17 steals.

 

Against region opponents, he averaged 6.5 points and 8.8 rebounds and shot 49 percent from the field and 52 percent from the free throw line.  He also collected four assists, 24 blocks and two steals.

 

“I believe with Keaton’s touch from 15 feet and out, along with his ability to block shots, he should be able to make an impact on his team and in the Ohio Valley Conference next season,” Walker said.

 

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball program, visit the team’s website at http://www.wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb.htm or call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.

 

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SOPHOMORE GRIZZLY BASKETBALL player Keaton Jackson, left, recently signed a national letter of intent to complete his collegiate playing career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Joining him as he signs his paperwork is Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

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