Iowa State signed four players on Nov. 11, including Iowa Western guard Donovan Jackson. Jackson will certainly be looked at to contribute immediately in 2015-16 with Iowa State losing an incredible amount of production following this season.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native, hasn’t slowed down a bit since signing on the dotted line to become a Cyclone. One of his most recent performances left an impression on a former Iowa State player.
Last Saturday, Jackson led Iowa Western to a win over Bryan Petersen’s Kirkwood squad. Jackson scored 29 points, hitting 10-of-16 field goals, including 4-for-6 behind the arc and all five free throws.
Petersen was impressed.
“Donovan plays at such a good pace and is under control at all times,” Petersen said. “I think his game is going to translate to the next level because he always seems under complete control. That is just something that you don’t see a lot at this level. On top of that, he’s got the ability to make shots. He knows how to score the ball at a high level both off the bounce and coming off of screens.”
Petersen has now coached against Jackson three times and has noticed his improvement.
“One thing that seems to have improved for Donovan is his decision making,” Petersen said. “Obviously being a point guard for his team, that’s important. He’s gotten stronger and I think his leadership, from what I can tell from an opposing coach’s standpoint, seems to have improved. You could tell as a freshman that he had that ability to lead, but as a sophomore he really seems to be running that team.”
This season, Jackson is averaging 18.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Most impressive is his efficiency. Jackson is shooting 54.9 percent from the field, but those aren’t just layups. He’s hit 19-of-39 threes. He’s also outstanding at the free-throw line, shooting 82.6 percent to lead Iowa Western to an 8-0 mark early in the season.
A little tidbit from our notes package heading into the Emerald Coast Classic.
In The Community
The Cyclones haven’t just been making an impact on the court, they’ve also been quite active off the court.
Team Sophia supports four-year old Cyclone super fan Sophia Helbing from Boone, Iowa. Sophia recently underwent her second major surgery to replace a valve in her heart, much like the procedure former Cyclone coach Fred Hoiberg had last spring.
Sophia is a huge fan of Cyclone men’s basketball, and we are a huge fan of her!
Coach Prohm and a number of players recently visited Mary Greeley hospital to spend time with some of their patients.
Assistant Coach T.J. Otzelberger and student-athletes Nazareth Mitrou-Long, Georges Niang and Matt Thomas visited Scavo High School, an alternative school in Des Moines, as part of the NABC’s “Stay In To Win” program.
This group consistently is giving Cyclone Nation something to be proud of!