Jackson Kent is a 24 year old 201cm guard from High Point, North Carolina playing his second professional season and first with the Nuernberg Falcons BC (Germany-ProA. Last season as a rookie he played with BK JIP Pardubice (Czech Republic-NBL) playing 46 games averaging 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 80.4%; and 4 FIBA Europe Cup game averaging 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg. He began his basketball career at High Point Christian Academy and in 2013 his NCAA career at JMU (NCAA, starting five) playing 30 games as a freshman averaging 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 74.1%. In his second season at JMU (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 79.3%. In his junior year at JMU (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 72.4%. In his senior year at JMU (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Jackson thanks for talking with germanhoops.com. How was your summer?
I had a great summer in the gym and weight room. I improved my body and skill level this summer.
Congrats on signing with the Nurnberg Falcons. One of the places you really want to visit is Italy. Have you checked the game calendar this season when a good opportunity may arise for you to visit?
I’m not sure when I’ll visit Italy haha but I’m very excited about being with the Falcons and I’m enjoying every minute of the process.
After a solid rookie season with BK JIP Pardubice (Czech Republic-NBL) what were your goals going into your second professional season? How did you witness your second professional transfer period? What did you learn from your first summer?
After a year overseas I learned a lot more about style of play in Europe which helped me look at the game differently
What was the deciding factors that gave you the green light with signing with the Falcons? Apparently the club already wanted you a year ago. How much did their desire to have you weigh in your decision of coming?
The deciding factors that gave me the green light for signing with the Falcons was speaking with Coach Ralph and watching some game film of the team. After being around the team for a few weeks now I know I made the right decision. We have a lot of great guys on the team and I know we can be successful.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball? Did you know that ex James Madison point guard Devon Moore played three years in Germany with Ehingen?
Yes me and Devon Moore have spoken back and forth during my time at JMU and overseas. He’s a great guy/mentor to me.
Let´s talk about your game. You’re a combo guard that can play the three and also help out at the point. What are your main strengths as a player and if you had to compare your game to a NBA player who would best fit the description?
My main strengths as a player is that I can play multiple guard positions. I’m an all around basketball player and I have a good understanding of the game but still can improve.
A big strength in your game is your shooting. Your good with the catch and pop as well as being able to create your own shot. You shot 42% in your sophomore season at James Madison and last season 39,8% in the Czech Republic. Are you content with how your shooting continues as a professional?
My shooting as a professional was ok in my eyes in my first season but I in my mind I can always do better and want to improve.
You’re a very shifty player that likes to penetrate, make fakes and then make the off balance shot. Is that something that you always had in your game or something that you have developed nicely over time?
Yes this has been something I’ve always worked on. Just trying to expand my game in every way possible.
You’re a player that can fill up the stat sheet with ease, but what do you feel is still a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed the way it should?
A hidden strength that might get overlooked is my passing ability. I love getting my teammates involved and seeing everybody have success.
Last season as a rookie you played with BK JIP Pardubice (Czech Republic-NBL): 46 games: 11.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 80.4%; FIBA Europe Cup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?
My wake up call to Europe was playing against Sibiu in Fiba Europe Cup in Romania. It was my first professional game and the fans were amazing.
What kind of experience was it having 7 time Czech allstar level Sanders as a coach as a rookie who played 15 season´s there as a player. How important was it actually having an American as a rookie instead of a European coach?
Having coach Sanders as my coach last year was great. He taught me a lot about the game and was a huge part of my success my first year in Europe.
You had many great games last season like your 32 points against J Hradec, but where did you rank your games against top team Nymburk? Was the 91-90 loss where you had a double double of 18 and 10 one of the tougher loses?
Yes losing by 1 to Nymburk was probably one of my tougher loses.
You played at JMU (NCAA) from 2013.2017 and didn´t win much except for being a CAA Regular Season Co-Champion in 2015. What were your fondest memories on and off the court?
JMU was a great place I enjoyed every second of it with my friends and teammates. I have lots of great memories. The fans and there support I will never forget.
You played two season with Ron Curry who played in Germany last season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. How did his competitiveness and game make you better in those years?
Playing with Ron was a great experience. He is a big competitor and he pushed me every day to get better.
You played for head coaches Brady and Louis Rowe. How did they help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Brady and Coach Rowe helped prepare me on and off the court. They are both great people and coaches and I can’t thank them enough.
Thanks Jackson for the chat.