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The Island Storm has announced the signing of 6-foot-6 forward Denzel Jackson, a true “blue collar” guy.
The 27-year-old Philadelphia, PA native will join the team for training camp in December.
“If I have to dive for a ball, I’ll dive for a ball. If I need to guard the other team’s best player, I’ll guard the other team’s best player,” said Jackson.
A winning mentality, that’s something coach Joe Salerno can get behind.
“He brings a big-time defensive presence to the floor which is something we will look for him from him this season, being able to lock down other opponents top scorers. He has a blue collar, hard nose mentality, which is something our fans will surely appreciate.”
And if fans love the basketball version of Jackson, they might like the personal side even better.
“I’ll never blow off a fan. If they want to stop and talk I will and if they want an autograph I will always say yes.”
Jackson is about as well traveled as they come. Since his college career wrapped up at American International he played professionally for six different teams, including a brief stint with the Philadelphia Flight of the PBL this year. In his time with the Flight he averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Since then, Jackson has been working on his game and completed in several summer basketball leagues across the United States.
“I got to play in the million dollar BallUp tournament and a few others; those are always a great experience.”
Now focused on the season at hand, Jackson said he’s ready for camp, and he’s even brushing up on his recruiting skills.
“I’ve done a lot of research about the Storm team and PEI, there’s a lot of great history here,” he said. “I told my family if I make the team I would help them come here to watch a game.”
With the signing of Jackson the Storm’s training camp roster is now at 16 players.
They are: Malcolm Grant, Gary Gibson, Rashad Whack, Kenny Otieno, Terry Thomas, Andre Malone, Billy Rush, Brent Jennings, Carlos Emory, Mike Martin, Ike Azotam, Robert Nortmann, Nick Evans, Pierre Henderson-Niles, and Renaldo Dixon.
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