Marreon Jackson pushing Toledo closer to the big dance

Photo courtesy of the University of Toledo.

Toledo’s Marreon Jackson is having another All-Conference caliber season in 2020-21.

The Toledo Rockets are currently the No.1 team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with a 15-4 record (10-1 in conference) having won four games in a row and 12 of their last 13.

Leading the way for Toledo during the 2020-21 season has been senior Marreon Jackson. The 6-foot-1 guard from Cleveland, OH is averaging 16.9 points per game which is No.6 in the MAC along with leading the conference in free throws (94%), No.3 in the three-pointers made (55), No.3 in assists per game (5.6) as well as No.3 in steals per game (2.1).

Coming out of high school, Jackson was rated as a zero star recruit despite receiving interest from close to a dozen different colleges across the country.

If you’re looking for further evidence that most major recruiting sites have no idea what they’re talking about and have zero clue how to evaluate talent; look no further than Jackson.

At the end of last season, Jackson announced he would be testing the NBA draft waters following a 2019-20 where he was named to the All-MAC second team after leading the conference in three-pointers made along with 19.8 points per game.

However, Jackson opted to return for his senior season and he has Toledo in an excellent spot to go dancing in March.

Jackson is a throw back to the 1990’s and has similar characteristics to some of the guards of that era including the likes of John Starks, Kevin Johnson and Rod Strickland. They were all a little under-sized but tough as nails, can shoot the three and make everybody on the court a better player. That’s exactly what Jackson is.

It will be difficult to see Jackson being drafted into the NBA but he no doubt has the talent and toughness to work his way through the G-League and perhaps earn a shot in the league in years to come.

Marreon Jackson is not a guy you want to bet against.

However, Jackson and his Toledo Rockets still have some unfinished business in 2021 with a tough game up next against Akron on February 2 followed by eight more conference games.