It was announced earlier today that the Summerside Storm have released 2nd overall pick Justin Garris and signed guard Troy Jackson.
The 6’3” 200lbs, Jackson comes to the Storm from Philadelphia. In College, he played for Alcorn State, which is part of the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference). He was the lead scorer in the SWAC in his senior year with 21 points per game. Jackson went on to play under Coach Salerno in 2009 for the Vermont Frost Heaves; here he led the PBL in scoring at 19 points per game. Jackson also averaged five rebounds and four assists per game. He was a 78% free throw shooter, shot 47% from the floor and 41% from behind the arch. Jackson also played in the Dominican Republic and professionally in Europe.
Coach Salerno commented on the signing.
“We are extremely excited to have Troy in Summerside. He is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever known. Not only will he bring another scorer, but also a very good on ball defender, which is something we need.”
Summerside released a player in Justin that plays just a few minutes a game and picked up Troy Jackson who could easily start on this team, that’s great. However; every rose has it’s thorn, Justin has great potential and he’s only 22 years of age. In my recent interview with Storm co-owner Darren MacKay he said that “Justin is a player for the future” so this news definitely surprised me. Nevertheless Troy Jackson is a great shooter and still appears to have lots of gas left in the tank. Hopefully he can shoot free throws like the numbers say he can.