SIUE adds JUCO power forward

News-DemocratApril 22, 2013 

— Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball coach Lennox Forrester on Monday signed Keaton Jackson to a national letter of intent.

Jackson, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward from Vancouver, Wash., has played the last two seasons at Missouri State-West Plains Community College. He has two remaining years of eligibility.

"We are very excited about welcoming Keaton Jackson to our Cougar family," Forrester said in a statement released by the university. "He will bring tremendous shot-blocking, length, athleticism and rebounding to our program. Keaton also is a very versatile scorer. He is able to score on the block as well as outside the paint."

Jackson averaged 7.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game last season as Missouri State-West Plains finished 22-9.

"Missouri State University-West Plains has given me an excellent opportunity to continue my education as well as my basketball career," Jackson said. "I have grown a lot in the last two years.

"SIUE is the right choice for me. As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew it was where I needed to be. The coaches and players instantly made me feel like family."

Jackson was named to the all-NJCAA Region 16 first team as a sophomore and also was honored as Missouri State-West Plains' Male Athlete of the Year.

"We are extremely anxious to have the opportunity to work with Keaton for the next two years," Forrester said. "He is a first-class citizen. He will represent our program, institution and community in a first-class manner."

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