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2019 Nike EYBL Preview: Interview with Jonathan Jackson

By D1 Circuit Staff, 04/20/19, 1:45PM EDT

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onathan Jackson will play big minutes in the backcourt for MOKAN Elite this season, and the Kansas-based EYBL program is extremely excited about the 6-foot-4 guard's overall potential.

Jackson will add a sharp-shooting guard with a quick release to MOKAN's rotation. A product of Blue Valley (KS) high school. Jackson is the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks swingman Justin Jackson who also starred in the EYBL for Houston Hoops in 2014.

We caught up with the talented 2020 guard, asking him a variety of questions including his EYBL expectations, in relationship with his brother, and much more:

Q: First and foremost, how excited are you to be in the EYBL? What are your expectations and how do you expect it to be different from high school?

Jonathan Jackson: I'm very excited for this summer of EYBL. My expectations are to get better every single day this summer and become one of the best teams in the country.  It's a lot different than high school because you go against D1 players every game and it's the highest competition in the country.

Q: What's your role going to be for MOKAN?

JJ: To bring consistency in everything I do as well as a high IQ, defense and scoring.

Q: Your brother is an EYBL alum and NBA veteran, have you discussed his experience playing in the EYBL and how much do you keep up with him during the NBA season?

JJ: We've talked about each summer a lot.  He tells me not to worry about all of the outside distractions and just go play my game no matter what.

Q: What are your main interests outside of basketball?

JJ: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, drawing/art, and customizing shoes on my own.

Q: What's your all-time favorite pair of shoes?

JJ: My Retro 3 True Blue's.

Q: If you would have any super-power, what would it be and why?

JJ: Super speed because you could get things done quicker.

Q: What's one area of your game that you're focusing on this season?

JJ: There's a ton of things that I can work on, but one that I'm focusing on is getting more comfortable handling the ball.

Q: Last question, besides your brother, who is your favorite NBA player and why?

JJ: Klay Thompson because of his shooting ability, IQ and defense.

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