You have to love stories of players coming in early and staying late for practice working on their skills. Then, when the player is able to transfer the hard work to the game, shows that the extra time paid off.
It was reported that a few hours before the start of the first game of the season Joe Jackson was the only person in the Memphis Tigers practice facility, Larry O. Finch Center. He was in the gym working on jump shots.
The extra work Jackson has put in during the summer and fall is showing up in his performance.
In the Tigers exhibition game against Christian Brother Bucs, Jackson finished with a team-high 14 points to go with eight assists, four rebounds and zero turnovers. Then in the first game of the season against the North Florida Ospreys, he finished second in points with 14, six rebounds, six assists and only 2 turnovers.
The junior guard was recently voted as one of captains of the team, along with junior guard Chris Crawford and junior forward Tarik Black. From Jackson actions of being in the gym working extra, shows that he is taking his leadership role seriously.
According to a report from InsideMemphisBasketball.com, Jackson made a comment during an interview about leadership. “We have to lead by example both on and off the court.”
The Tigers first two games were not against national Top 25 competition. So, when Memphis head to the Bahamas for the Battle of Atlantis tournament next week, Jackson’s leadership and skill set will really be put to the test.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.