I sat down recently with Deallen Jackson, a senior at Mount Union University to get his outlook on his senior season, life, and his future pro career. Mr. Jackson 5' 11", 195 lb point guard who is explosive, athletic, and shifty east to west with the basketball in his hands. Mr. Jackson should be a pro next year, as long as he continues to develop his pull up jump shot. Deallen has all the other tools you need to be a pro, but most importantly Mr. Jackson is a high character young man who will be graduating with a degree in 2017.
Goals for this season individually and as a team? This season we have a team that some might call inexperienced. Last season we lost 10 games. We have players who are motivated, focus and willing to learn. As a team we want to be the best team in our league and I believe we can. Individual goals for this season include, reestablishing myself as the best player in the OAC. Last season I was named a preseason All-American but I broke my foot almost a month prior to the season and I wasn't be able to fulfill the expectations. This season is special, not only is it my last one, but I'm the only senior on the team. Whether I realize it or not players are looking to me for guidance. I have the opportunity to lead by example and and catapult my team to an OAC championship.
Things people don't know about you, that may be a surprise? I love music, art, and creativity. I taught myself how to play the piano by ear when I was in high school. One Christmas my mother bought me a keyboard and I just remembering being so happy. It was the first time I couldn't control my emotions toward the gift.
What's your motivation? Overall my motivation is my family, My nana and my mother are two of most hard working people I have ever met. They are two women whose work ethic can motivate anyone, it's incredible. Seeing my mom work is incredibly motivating. Being a man and looking back at my childhood, I didn't realize how much of an impact seeing a mother of three work and provide for a her family can have on you until you're old enough. Subconsciously you're learning from them and I'm thankful I have each of them In my life. Once achieve my dream of playing professionally, not only would be an individual accomplishment but I would be able to share it with my family. I know all they have sacrificed to put me in the position Im in today. I could never repay her for the love she has shown me. What are your goals of playing professionally? When I was kid I never had the dream of being ranked in the state, going to the big D1 schools, or even pro..I never had a mentor teaching me the game. I figured things out on my own and from a early age I loved the game of basketball. Having success at the collegiate level, has developed the dream of going pro..I know as a Division III point guard I have a much tougher road than most, but hard work is something I'm accustomed to. Nothing has ever come easy for me with the game of basketball and I'm willing to whatever it takes to be a great professional when that time comes. What is your Academic Major? I'm a sport business major, I discovered I wanted to be apart of the major after a conversation with a close Friend. Originally I was an education major but it that wasn't something I could see myself doing after school. I'll always want to be around athletics and Sport Business will allow me to have that opportunity.
Family, siblings? I have 3 siblings..I grew up with an older brother and sister. Biggest influence in your life? My brother, I remember being younger and thinking "I wanna be like my Brother when I get older". We're 5 years apart, but when I was younger he always spent time with me. He was always practicing and wanting to play and that rubbed off on me. If he was going to the park I was there with him. I know at times he probably didn't want too but he'd bring me along anyway.
As I reached high school, from my smallest accomplishments to my biggest he's the one I wanted to call first. If I had a game and it wasn't good enough for him, it wasn't good enough for me. After winning the 2015 OAC championship, My teammates were screaming, jumping and celebrating the win. Before I even took my uniform off, I remember going to find some place quiet and the first person I called was my older brother. He's someone that has always believed in me from day 1. There's nothing like the love a sibling can share. Since I was a kid I've always looked to him for affirmation.
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