Ohio State Great Jim Jackson to Be Inducted Into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

By 11W Staff on November 29, 2020 at 3:58 pm
Jim Jackson is headed to the Hall of Fame.
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

An Ohio State great is going into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jim Jackson, who scored 1,785 points in just three seasons at Ohio State from 1989-92, is set to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2021, which was announced Sunday.

The Toledo native was a state champion at Macomber High School and earned McDonald's All-America honors as a senior. As a freshman at Ohio State during the 1989-90 season, Jackson averaged 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and helped the Buckeyes get back to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence.

Jackson earned first-team All-American honors, was the Big Ten Player of the Year and led the Buckeyes to Big Ten championships in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also the UPI National Player of the Year in his junior year, when he averaged 22.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and four assists per game and led the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

He led Ohio State in scoring in all three of his seasons as a Buckeye and started 93 consecutive games.

Jackson became just the third men's basketball player in Ohio State history to have his number retired when his No. 22 was taken out of circulation by the program in 2001.

Selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft, Jackson went on to play in the NBA for 14 seasons, suiting up for 12 different teams.

Jackson will join late Maryland star Len Bias, UCLA’s David Greenwood, Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins, North Carolina’s Antawn Jamison, Kansas’ Paul Pierce and coaches Rick Byrd and Tom Penders in the Class of 2021, the 16th induction class in the history of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, which is located inside The College Basketball Experience (CBE) adjacent to Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center.

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