Former Cougar basketball player signs with Division I school
Charles Jackson goes up for a slam dunk during a dunk contest at Lassen Community College in 2013. Recently, Jackson signed a letter of intent scholarship agreement to play basketball for Tennessee Tech University. Photo by Maddie Musante
May 9 — Charles Jackson, who was a key member of Lassen Community College’s 2013 Golden Valley Conference championship team, has signed a national letter of intent scholarship agreement with Tennessee Tech University.
Before his time as an All-State, conference MVP basketball player for the Lassen Cougars, Jackson played high school basketball at Grant High School in Sacramento, his hometown.
Jackson stands at 6’9,” weighs in at 230 pounds and led all California Community Colleges in rebounding as a freshman for Lassen College. During the 2012-2013 season, Jackson averaged 12.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, all while shooting 61 percent from the field.
“Charles is a remarkable story because he was not a college basketball player three years ago. He was cut from various community college teams that didn’t see his potential, and while he redshirted at Chabot College in 2011 and 2012, I developed a relationship with him as his assistant coach. When I received the job in April of 2012 to be coach at LCC, my father, head coach at Chabot College, and I thought it was in Charles’ best interest for him to follow me up to Lassen College where he could focus and be successful living on campus and in the supportive small town environment,” Lassen Community College head men’s basketball coach Devin Aye said.