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marqywell jacksonIt was back in April that the UTEP Miners announced that Detroit East English Village Prep (Mich.) 2014 guard Mar’Qywell Jackson had officially signed his National Letter of Intent, making it official that he would take his talents to El Paso to play under head coach Tim Floyd.

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However, earlier this month, Jackson announced on Twitter, that he had made the decision to leave El Paso, stating homesickness as one of the possible reasons as to why he decided to leave.

Jackson tweets from July 10th via his Twitter account:

Well after being released from his scholarship, returning home to Detroit and taking the time to think about all of his options, Jackson has decided to commit to Duquesne and play under head coach Jim Ferry, according to the reports of Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop on Rivals and Corey Evans of Roundball Rundown Report.

With this commitment, Jackson becomes the fifth member to join the Duquesne  Dukes basketball program this year and I don’t know about you, but I think Jackson could very well help Duquesne achieve great success for many years to come.

Jackson started all four years on the varsity team at East English Village Prep, averaging 11 points a game as a freshman, 14 as a sophomore, 26 points, seven rebounds three assists as a junior and 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists as a senior.

Beyond his stats, Jackson is 6-foot-5 guard who has natural feel for the game. Offensively, he has the ability shoot from mid-range and but he is also very quick off the dribble and can finish strong around the rim. When it comes to rebounding, he may be look as guard but he isn’t afraid to hit the paint and grab rebounds with the big men. On the defensive side of the ball, he has great length and the potential to be lock-down perimeter defender. If that’s not enough, he is also very versatile, seeing that he has shown that he can play point guard, shooting guard or even small forward.

Then to top it all off, Jackson, also has great work ethic and a great competitive mindset. As he continues to grow and get better, I believe he has the all the great character qualities to be a team leader for the Dukes down the road, just like he was for the East English Village Prep Bulldogs.

Overall, I would have to say this is a great late pick-up for the Duquesne Dukes, and it should benefit both the Dukes and Jackson.

The only question that remains now, is whether Jackson will have to sit out 2014-15 season. As of right now his initial eligibility is unknown, since he did signed a letter of intent and enrolled briefly at UTEP. Nevertheless, this is a great late pick-up for the Duquesne Dukes, who could use Jackson’s scoring, rebounding and overall versatility.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit

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