A to Z with Isaiah Jackson


Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

SCHOOL: Gainesville

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Isaiah Jackson will be playing for the Hurricanes in the Class 6A state semifinals in Lakeland on Thursday.

Brett Le Blanc/Correspondent

YEAR: Junior

POSITION: Guard/Forward

JERSEY NUMBER: 44

HEIGHT: 6-foot-6

WEIGHT: 198 pounds

A rea basketball player I would pay to watch play: Jessica Thomas (from Buchholz). She averaged 30 points a game. Plus, they just won state.

B est dunk I’ve seen in a high school game was … Kasey Hill’s dunk against (Pompano Beach) Ely. It was a charge call, but it was still a good dunk at Kingdom of the Sun. It was down the middle on a fast break, and the dude tried to take a charge but he took off far and dunked on him hard.

C oach Kelly Beckham’s words of advice for me: Basically, just keep working hard and don’t give up.

D inner on an ideal night: When I do go out to eat, I like Yamato.

E SPN’s best program: Top 10 plays.

F avorite type of music: Rap. I listen to Lil Wayne.

G etting a triple-double or scoring the game-winning shot? Game-winning shot.

H oisting the state championship trophy this weekend at The Lakeland Center will take ... Going out there and playing hard as a team and not giving up, no matter if we do face adversity. Just everybody has to go out there and play hard like we’ve been doing. We’re a family.

I nteresting thing about me away from basketball: I don’t have any hidden talents. Basketball, that’s all I do.

J oker on the team: The Mikes. Mike Henderson and Mike McCray. They crack jokes all the time.

K obe Bryant, LeBron James or Michael Jordan in his prime? Everybody else will say Michael Jordan, but my favorite player is Kobe.

L east favorite sport to watch: I don’t like soccer. They just pass the ball around most of the time, and it doesn’t really excite me.

M y top hangout spot in Gainesville is … My sister’s house.

N ickname? Z-Jack or Zay.

O ne person in my life who inspires me most: My mom and my coach.

P otential college major: Sports management.

Q uiet time activity: Watch TV, play games or hang out with friends.

R eading the newspaper or going online to get my high school sports coverage: My mom brings the newspaper for me to read at the house. I don’t really go on the internet that much.

S neaker choice — Jordan, Nike, adidas or Reebok? I played in adidas this summer, and they’re a really comfortable shoe.

T oughest moment of my high school career ... When I broke my leg. It was hard. It took a while for me to come back from that.

U niversities or colleges I am considering: I just want to play in the Big East.

V acation spot I love: Orlando or Daytona Beach.

W hat area players would I want to see in a four person one-on-one tournament and how would it go? It would be me, Eric Turner, Mitchell Wilbekin and Justin McBride. I’d win.

X box, PlayStation or Wii?: I like Xbox. “(NBA) 2K13.”

Y ear I was born: 1995.

Z oo animal I like most: Lion. He’s the king.

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