The name Sheryl Swoopes means many things to basketball fans. Three-time MVP, Olympic Gold medalist, and arguably the greatest women’s basketball player of all time has set the standards high for any athlete to follow. Now, its her sons chance to live up to the family name as Jordan Jackson committed to Texas Tech – his mother’s alma mater.
Jackson spent this past weekend on an official visit and instantly fell in love with the school where his mother first established her legacy. Sheryl, the current Loyola (MD) women’s head coach, won the 1993 National Championship as a member of Texas Tech while earning National Player of the Year honors along the way.
Swoopes’ son becomes the first member of head coach Tubby Smith’s recruiting class and a name not many of Red Raider nation will forget.
A native of Houston, Texas and current St. Pius X High is a three-star recruit, but don’t let the ranking deceive you because anyone of Swoopes’ pedigree is not a player to sleep on. Jackson established himself as an elite point guard over the summer playing with former Texas star T.J. Ford’s AAU team earning a scholarship offer from Texas Tech in August.
“I was ecstatic. I immediately felt how this was an opportunity to continue the legacy of my mom, but on the men’s side. I have learned so much from her and I have her full support. She gets on the court with me and plays one-on-one and makes me better. She teaches me about situations and prepares me for whatever might happen in a game,” Jackson said.
Jackson chose the Red Raiders but also held offers from Houston, Louisiana Tech, and Tulsa.
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