May 14, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College men’s basketball team added to its depth at the guard slot this week with the announced signing of Jeremiah Jackson, a 6-foot-1 point guard/shooting guard from Canton, Ohio.

Jackson is transferring to Logan from West Plains, Mo., where he averaged over 13 points per game as a freshman this past season.

“I got a chance to see the campus and get to know some of my teammates last week, and I can say that I’m excited and ready to play ball there this fall,” Jackson said. “I have a feeling we’re going to be pretty good.”

Soon to turn 20, Jackson said he is probably most comfortable manning the No. 1 or point-guard position, but also has experience as a shooting guard.

“Wherever coach (Kyle Smithpeters) needs me,” he said. “I feel I can do almost anything out there on the floor, although I still need to work on improving my ballhandling skills some.”

Smithpeters was excited with the signing.

“First and foremost, Jeremiah is a great kid. He’s a guard who did a good job for West Plains last season, averaging 13 points and more than four assists per game,” Smithpeters said. “He’s also very good defensively. I think he’s going to fill a hole for us with the graduation of Darien Walker and DeVaughn Johnson.”

Smithpeters said there is always room for more talent at the guard spot when competing in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

“The more guards you have with the way the officials are calling the game now, the better off you’re going to be,” he said. “There were teams in our league averaging more than 30 free throws per game. You just have to adjust to the way the game is going to be called, so more guards is the future in this league.”

Jackson is Logan’s second off-season acquisition, having last week signed Carbondale Terrier senior Devontavius Payne.