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Former NJCAA Player of Year taken in NBA Draft
 July 1, 2013

Former NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Pierre Jackson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday in the 2013 NBA Draft. Drafted in the second round with the 42nd overall pick, the former Southern Idaho star was later traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jackson (right) made a name for himself in Twin Falls where he led Southern Idaho to their first national championship in 24 years. The Las Vegas-native was named tournament MVP after leading all players with 96 points, including a tournament-record 46 made free throws. In a 72-64 win over Midland (Texas) in the title game, Jackson posted a game-high 22 points and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in the final 69 seconds.

During his sophomore season, Jackson averaged 18.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game to earn first team All-America honors. Jackson led the Golden Eagles with 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game during his freshman season.

Ranked by JucoRecruiting.com as the top junior college prospect in the nation, Jackson signed with Baylor following his championship campaign at Southern Idaho. Making an immediate impact with the Bears, Jackson was an honorable mention All-American, first-team All-Big 12 selection and was named Big 12 Newcomer, Transfer and Rookie of the Year in 2011-12.

In his 2012-13 senior season, Jackson was once again named to the All-Big 12 first team. Leading Baylor to the NIT championship, Jackson was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Following his selection by the 76ers, Jackson was sent along with Philadelphia guard Jrue Holliday to the Pelicans for their No. 6 overall pick – Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. 

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