Jackson To Join Oredigger Men's Basketball Program
GOLDEN – Colorado School of Mines head men's basketball coach Pryor Orser has announced the signing of Ruben Jackson to a national letter of intent to join the Oredigger men's basketball program in the fall of 2012.
"We are thrilled to have Ruben join our program," said Orser. "He is a pass-first point guard who is very strong with the ball, but can also put the ball in the basket. He possesses a strong basketball I.Q. on the court and will complement the weapons that will surround him. Ruben had a very productive high school career and we think that will translate well and keep the Mines basketball program at a championship level. He attended our Super Comp Basketball Camp last summer and was an outstanding performer. He is a high-character individual, a tremendous student and a multi-talented performer as he is also a superb saxophone player. I personally look forward to coaching Ruben in the years to come."
A Las Vegas, Nev., native, Jackson was a four-year letterwinner for Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and led the Skyhawks to conference co-championships as both a freshman and senior. He was named to the Amar'e Stoudemire Each 1 Teach 1 All-Tournament Team and the Bishop Gorman Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. As a junior, he was named to the Desert Heat Invitational All-Tournament team. He was named to the 2011 Double Pump West Coast All-Star Camp Senior Class All-Star Game as a senior and was also named the Las Vegas Shootout Tournament MVP.
A point guard, Jackson averaged 19.0 points, 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore before posting averages of 13.6 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game as a junior. As a senior, Jackson recorded 16.5 points, 3.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. He earned NIAA 4A First Team All-Southeast League honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.
A two-sport athlete, Jackson was also a three-year letterwinner on the men's volleyball team and was named a co-captain as a senior.
Also a strong academic performer, Jackson will earn an Advanced Honors diploma from Silverado High School when he graduates this spring. He is a member of the National Honor Society in addition to being the Nevada Boys State Delegate and Athletic Director.
He led the SHS saxophone section as a sophomore, junior and senior and was named the Most Oustanding Sophomore in the school's marching band. As a senior, he served the role as the horn sergeant.
The son of Debbie Jackson, Ruben is currently undecided on which major he will pursue at Mines.