FLORENCE – North Alabama head men's basketball coach Bobby Champagne's search for a point guard ended last week when junior college player Kenyan Jackson signed a scholarship agreement to play for the Lions in the fall.
The Alabaster native averaged four points, 5.3 assists, two rebounds and two steals this past season, leading Shelton State to a 28-4 record and a No. 7 national ranking. The 5-10 floor-general helped the Bucs average almost 87 points per game while he had over a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.
"We went into the spring signing period wanting to improve our rebounding and solidify the point guard position," Champagne said. "We are very happy to have KJ join our program. He is a leader both on and off the floor so we are very excited that we will have him for the next three seasons."
Jackson will have three years of eligibility remaining and figures to make an immediate impact for North Alabama, which will return one other point guard on its roster in senior Trent McCants. Jackson triggered Coach Barry Mohun's high-powered offense and led Shelton State to an Alabama Community College North Division Championship.
Jackson prepped at Thompson High School for head coach Jeff Nichols. He averaged eight points, five assists and two rebounds as a senior for the Class 6A Warriors, leading the team to the 2007-08 area championship. Following his junior and senior seasons he received the Warriors' award for Best Defensive Player and Assists Leader.
He joins other UNA signees Marcus Landry and Matt Margavio.