2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Reggie Jackson, former Palmer High superstar, flirts with NBA stardom

Published: March 25, 2014, 9:31 am, by David Ramsey

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One thing stands between Reggie Jackson and NBA stardom.

His shooting touch.

Jackson has every other gift and skill required. He’s fast. He soars high above the rim. He plays aggressive, wise defense.

But he’s long struggled with his shooting touch. This was true at Palmer High and true during his days at Boston College. This remains his struggle as he competes for the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the NBA’s most powerful teams.

Jackson is shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 33.5 from beyond the 3-point line. He’s shooting 28.5 percent from 3 during his NBA career.

But Jackson’s Monday night performance offers hope. In a breezy win over the bumbling Nuggets, Jackson scored 16 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go with 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.