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Demetrius Jackson
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Bobby Portis at the rim as Andrew Harrison (#5), Kasey Hill (#0) and Jackson (#11) look on in the 2013 McDonald's All-American.
No. 11 – Philadelphia 76ers
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-09-07) September 7, 1994 (age 23)
South Bend, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Marian (Mishawaka, Indiana)
College Notre Dame (2013–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–2017 Boston Celtics
2016–2017 Maine Red Claws
2017–2018 Houston Rockets
2017–2018 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2018–present Philadelphia 76ers
2018 Delaware 87ers
Career highlights and awards

Demetrius Jackson Jr. (born September 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League. He played three seasons of college basketball for the University of Notre Dame before being drafted 45th overall by the Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Jackson attempting a lay up in the 2013 McDonald's All-American

Jackson played high school basketball for Marian High School.[1] As a junior, he averaged 22.3 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game; led his school to sectional championship; and was named to the All-State Underclass First Team.[1][2] As a senior, Jackson averaged 25.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.6 steals per game, finishing as runner-up for the Indiana Mr. Basketball to Zak Irvin.[3] He concluded his career at Marian as the all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County with 1,934 career points.[4] His performances with Marian earned him a selection for the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, and he was the first Northern Indiana native to receive this honor since Shawn Kemp in 1988.[4][5][6] Jackson finished the game with 5 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals and won the Jack Daly Sportmanship Award and the Skills Competition.[7][8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Demetrius Jackson
Mishawaka, IN Marian 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sep 23, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 29, 6 (PG)   Rivals: 38, 9 (PG)  247Sports: 34, 8 (PG)  ESPN: 24, 6 (PG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Jackson committed to play for Notre Dame, under coach Mike Brey.[9][10] In his freshman season Jackson was expected to back up guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant.[11] Jackson commented on the situation, saying that although he had been apprehensive to play along a senior point guard, he realized that it would benefit his game.[12] He scored in double digits for the first time versus Santa Clara, tallying 13 points.[1][13] In February, he missed two games in order to deal with academic issues.[14] Upon returning to the team, he scored a season-high 17 points against Miami.[1][15] He concluded the season having started half of his 30 games and averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.[1][16]

Sophomore season[edit]

In his sophomore season, Jackson scored a career-high 22 points against Michigan State; this was the first meeting between the schools in 35 years.[17] A couple of weeks later, he tied this mark against Purdue.[18] Jackson produced solid performances for the Irish in the 2015 ACC Tournament against Miami, Duke, and North Carolina and he was eventually named to the All-ACC Tournament second team.[19][20] He helped his team proceed to the Elite 8 of the 2015 NCAA Tournament by scoring 20 points against Wichita State.[21] Throughout the season, he averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, appearing in all 38 games of his team.[16] On April 14, 2015, it was reported by ESPN that Jackson would return to the Fighting Irish squad for his junior season.[22]

Junior season[edit]

On February 1, 2016, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.[23] He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11.[24]

On March 29, 2016, Jackson declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.[25]

Professional career[edit]

Boston Celtics (2016–2017)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Jackson was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.[26] On July 27, 2016, he signed with the Celtics.[27] On November 6, he made his professional debut in a 123–107 loss to the Denver Nuggets, recording eight points, three rebound and two assists in 11 minutes off the bench.[28] During his rookie season, he has received multiple assignments to the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' D-League affiliate.[29][30] On July 15, 2017, Jackson was waived by the Celtics.[31]

Houston Rockets (2017–2018)[edit]

On August 21, 2017 Jackson signed a two-way contract by the Houston Rockets. Under the terms of the deal, he split time between the Rockets and their G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, becoming the first player in franchise history to sign such a deal. While he got playing time in Houston early in the season due to an injury to Chris Paul, his playing time declined in the weeks following Paul’s return. As a result, his two-way contract with Houston was terminated on January 6, 2018, although he would sign a 10-day contract with the Rockets the same day. He was assigned to Rio Grande Valley immediately and took part in the 2018 G League Showcase.

Philadelphia 76ers (2018–present)[edit]

On January 14, 2018 Jackson was signed to a two-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and NBA G-League affiliate the Delaware 87ers.[32]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2016–17 Boston 5 0 3.4 .750 1.000 .500 .8 .6 .0 .0 2.0
2017–18 Houston 12 0 5.3 .286 .000 .9 .4 .3 .1 .7
2017–18 Philadelphia 3 0 5.7 .750 1.000 .500 .3 1.3 .3 .0 2.7
Career 20 0 4.9 .455 .250 .500 .8 .6 .3 .1 1.3

Personal life[edit]

Jackson, a South Bend native, is the son of Juanita Jones.[4] Jackson lived in two different foster homes after the age of twelve, before finally settling with the Whitfields, the family of then basketball teammate Michael Whitfield.[4][33] As a student in the University of Notre Dame, he enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Demetrius Jackson Bio". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Boys All-State Underclass Teams". Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Marian's Jackson 2nd In Mr. Basketball". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Demetrius Jackson's journey from foster care to Fighting Irish star". Sports Illustrated. March 4, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Demetrius Jackson Selected To Play In 36th Annual McDonald's All-American Game". Notre Dame Athletics. February 15, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jackson competes with country's best". South Bend Tribune. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jackson plays pass-first game at McDonald's showcase". South Bend Tribune. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "McDonald's All American Games All-time Stats and Award Winners" (PDF). December 19, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Star point guard Demetrius Jackson pledges to Notre Dame". September 27, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "2013 point guard Demetrius Jackson staying 'home' to play at Notre Dame". September 27, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "#15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: College Basketball 111 in 111". October 30, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Notre Dame lands Demetrius Jackson". ESPN. September 28, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Notre Dame men's basketball: Going small boosts Irish". November 22, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Demetrius Jackson returns to Irish practice after 6-day academic leave". February 17, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Miami Hurricanes Outlast Notre Dame Basketball 71-64". February 19, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Demetrius Jackson Player Profile". ESPN. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Notre Dame edges No. 19 Michigan State 79-78 in OT". December 4, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Connaughton, No. 21 Notre Dame beat Purdue 94-63". December 20, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Demetrius Jackson 2014-15 Game Log". ESPN. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Notre Dame storms by North Carolina to win ACC Championship Game". March 17, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 in NCAA Tournament". March 27, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Guard Demetrius Jackson to return to Notre Dame for junior season". ESPN. April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  23. ^ Nortlander, Matt (February 1, 2016). "Cat Barber, Fred VanVleet missing from list of Cousy Award finalists". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  24. ^ Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  25. ^ Fortuna, Matt (March 30, 2016). "Leading scorer Demetrius Jackson leaving Notre Dame for NBA draft". Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Boston Celtics 2016 Draft Results". June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Celtics Sign Five Players". July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Nuggets vs. Celtics - Box Score". November 6, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  29. ^ "All-Time NBA Assignments". Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  30. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Boston Celtics Sign Abdel Nader". July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  32. ^ Hyman, Jake (January 15, 2018). "Sixers sign point guard Demetrius Jackson to two-way contract". SB-Nation. Retrieved April 28, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Column: The Transformation of Demetrius Jackson". Scholastic, University of Notre Dame's Student Magazine. December 14, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 

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