Immediate Release: November 20, 2004
Jackson is entering his senior season at Walsh Jesuit High School, where he led the 2003-04 Warriors to a 17-7 mark and the regional semifinals of the state tournament. Jackson averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, becoming the first player in school history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding and assists in the same season. He was an honorable mention all-state selection, capping a series of accolades that also included team MVP, first team all-county, all-district (five counties) and third team All-Northeastern Ohio.
He shot 56% from the field (140-260), including 42% from three-point range (21-50), and was a 75% free throw shooter (67-89). Jackson amassed 410 points and 240 rebounds, and played all five positions on the floor for head coach Frank Lupica. In his team's final tournament game, played in front of more than 6,000 fans at University of Toledo, Jackson contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds in a three-point loss to eventual state champion Ottawa-Glendorf.
"Dwayne is a fabulous player," Walker said. "He is a big, tough guard who has skills and savvy."
Lupica, whose squad held opponents to just 51.5 points per game - the best defensive average in school history - was high on his praise for Jackson.
"Dwayne is the most versatile player I've ever coached," he said. "He has a chance to break our career scoring and rebounding records, and to walk out of this building with those records would be pretty impressive."
Jackson has career totals of 883 points and 512 rebounds entering his senior season. He currently ranks fifth in both categories.
He chose Binghamton over Buffalo, Bowling Green and Robert Morris among others.
Montgomery brings a large frame and a budding basketball resume into his final season at Waterloo Collegiate Institute. Having only played the sport for two years entering his junior season last year, Montgomery was a first team Waterloo County all-star for a 32-9 team that advanced to the provincial championship tournament. He averaged nearly 20 points and 15 rebounds per game at center, and was selected to participate in the NIKE All-Canada Camp in July, which featured the top 54 players in Canada. At the camp, Montgomery was chosen to play in the top 20 game. He also made the Ontario provincial team that captured the gold medal at the 2004 National Championship.
"Jaan is gigantic and has a world of potential," Walker said. "With a great work ethic, he could make a huge difference, because of his size."
Waterloo Collegiate coach Craig Nichol echoed Walker's enthusiasm.
"Jaan is the most improved player in Canada over the last four years," he said. "He was a raw 6-foot-3 player in ninth grade, but has developed into one of the top players in Canada. Because of his physical size and strength, he is a dominant force in the middle and wears a lot of opponents down. He is a mountain of a man."
Binghamton, which loses four seniors at the end of the 2004-05 season, still has two scholarships left to give.
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