Women's Basketball Gains Hometown Transfer and Third Top 100 Recruit
May 29, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - The University of Memphis will gain another Memphis prep product with the transfer of sophomore guard Mary Jackson (Memphis, Tenn./Oakhaven) from the University of Louisville as announced by Tiger Head Coach Melissa McFerrin, Friday. Jackson signed a scholarship offer with the Tigers and will be the program's third top 100 signee since McFerrin's arrival in April of 2008.
"Mary Jackson brings to the University of Memphis one of those great Memphis talents that we desire to have in our program," McFerrin said. "She is a very big guard who is athletic and who fits our aggressive style of play very well. Mary also has the experience of playing for the national championship last season, and having a player with those types of experiences can only enhance our program."
Jackson, a 2008 graduate of Oakhaven High School in Memphis, played in 38 games at Louisville, starting in eight contests, including six Big East games. She averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals, scoring a career-high nine points to go with a career-best 13 rebounds in a win over Ball State in her first career start.
A multiple sport athlete at Oakhaven, Jackson was the Valedictorian of her graduating class after averaging 24.9 points while helping Oakhaven to the District 16-AA championship her senior year and earning all-state honors. Jackson was also an all-state selection in her junior season, averaging 26.6 points and leading the city of Memphis in scoring in both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. An honor roll student all four seasons at Oakhaven, Jackson lettered in track (three letters), softball (two letters) and volleyball (two letters) and was nominated for the McDonald's All-American award.
The daughter of James and Mary Jackson, Jackson will sit out the 2009-2010 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of remaining eligibility beginning with the 2010-2011 season. She was the No. 80 ranked player in the country when signing out of high school, and will be the third Tiger recruited to Memphis by McFerrin's staff to rank in the top 100 in their respective signing classes. Brittany Carter, who sat out this season after transferring from Georgia, was No. 21 in her signing class, while Jasmine Lee, a second Georgia transfer who, like Jackson, will sit out 2009-2010, was the No. 78 ranked player in her recruiting class.
The 5-11 guard will be the seventh newcomer to the Tiger roster next season, joining early signees Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Ashley Robinson (Mllington, Tenn./Millington Central) and Nicole Dickson (Greeneville, Tenn./Greeneville HS) and late signees Jasmine Lee (Bessemer, Ala./Univ. of Georgia), Chatia Kelsey (Harvest, Ala./Sparkman HS), and junior college transfer Taylor Mumphrey (Cedar Hill, Texas/Connors State JC). In total, Memphis will suit up a total of eight players next season who did not suit up in a game for Memphis in 2008-09, including senior guard LaToya Bullard (Memphis, Tenn./Craigmont) who missed last season due to injury; Carter, who sat out after transferring from Georgia; and redshirt freshman guard Christine Lesane. Just three Tigers return who actually played in Melissa McFerrin's new system -- juniors Savannah Ellis and Alex Winchell and sophomore Ramses Lonlack.