Runners sign CJ Jackson – British Basketball League

The Leicester Riders announced last night the signing of talented playmaker CJ Jackson for the 2022-23 season.

The Georgia-born Jackson played three professional seasons in Scandinavia, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Bisons Loimaa in the Finnish Premier League last season.

Jackson graduated from Ohio State, playing three seasons with the Buckeyes. While in college, he played alongside Riders marksman Marc Loving for the 2016-17 season. He scored 12 points per game in his senior year before turning pro in 2019.

In his first game as a pro, Jackson showed off his clutch genes, hitting a winner with 0.8 seconds left for Swedish side Köping Stars. He played two seasons in Sweden, averaging 17 points, five assists and four rebounds during his time there.

“I’m super excited to join the Rider family,” CJ said.

“I can’t wait to start the season. Playing with a former teammate like Marc (Loving) is exciting, and I can’t wait to fight with him again.

Head Coach Rob Paternostro added, “We look forward to working with CJ. He’s a talented guard who can do a variety of things on the basketball court.

“Throughout his career he has shown that he can be effective with or without the ball and can be very difficult to defend. His three-point shooting, his basket attack and his passing ability will be a great addition to our team.

“We liked his experience, he played in a very good conference in the big ten and played very well, he also had very good professional seasons where he stood out.

The Racers play their first preseason game this Friday against USA Select. Barely landed, CJ should make his debut the following week against Donar Groningen.

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