Demetrius Jackson Jr. (born September 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Rockets' NBA G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers . He played three seasons of college basketball for the University of Notre Dame before being drafted 45th overall by the Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft .

High school career

Jackson played high school basketball for Marian High School . [2] As a junior, he averaged 22.3 points per game , 6.6 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game; led his school to sectional championship; and was named to the All-State Underclass First Team. [2] [3] As a senior, Jackson averaged 25.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.6 steals per game, finishing as runner-up for the Indiana Mr. Basketball to Zak Irvin . [4] He concluded his career at Marian as the all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County with 1,934 career points. [5] His performances with Marian earned him a selection for the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game , and he was the first Northern Indiana native to receive this honor since Shawn Kemp in 1988. [5] [6] [7] Jackson finished the game with 5 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals and won the Jack Daly Sportmanship Award and the Skills Competition. [8] [9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Demetrius Jackson
Mishawaka, IN Marian 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sep 23, 2011
Recruiting star ratings : Scout : Rivals : 247Sports : ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout : 29, 6 ( PG ) Rivals : 38, 9 (PG) 247Sports : 34, 8 (PG) ESPN : 24, 6 (PG)
  • Note : In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


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College career

Freshman season

Jackson committed to play for Notre Dame , under coach Mike Brey . [10] [11] In his freshman season Jackson was expected to back up guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant . [12] Jackson commented on the situation, saying that although he had been apprehensive to play along a senior point guard, he realized that it would benefit his game. [13] He scored in double digits for the first time versus Santa Clara , tallying 13 points. [2] [14] In February, he missed two games in order to deal with academic issues. [15] Upon returning to the team, he scored a season-high 17 points against Miami . [2] [16] He concluded the season having started half of his 30 games and averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. [2] [17]

Sophomore season

In his sophomore season , Jackson scored a career-high 22 points against Michigan State ; this was the first meeting between the schools in 35 years. [18] A couple of weeks later, he tied this mark against Purdue . [19] Jackson produced solid performances for the Irish in the 2015 ACC Tournament against Miami , Duke , and North Carolina and he was eventually named to the All-ACC Tournament second team. [20] [3] He helped his team proceed to the Elite 8 of the 2015 NCAA Tournament by scoring 20 points against Wichita State . [3] Throughout the season, he averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, appearing in all 38 games of his team. [17] On April 14, 2015, it was reported by ESPN that Jackson would return to the Fighting Irish squad for his junior season . [3]

Junior season

On February 1, 2016, he was named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. [3] He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11. [3]

On March 29, 2016, Jackson declared for the NBA draft , forgoing his final year of college eligibility. [3]

Professional career

Boston Celtics (2016–2017)

On June 23, 2016, Jackson was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft . [3] On July 27, 2016, he signed with the Celtics. [3] On November 6, he made his professional debut in a 123–107 loss to the Denver Nuggets , recording eight points, three rebound and two assists in 11 minutes off the bench. [3] During his rookie season, he has received multiple assignments to the Maine Red Claws , the Celtics' D-League affiliate. [3] [4] On July 15, 2017, Jackson was waived by the Celtics. [4]

Houston Rockets (2017–present)

On August 21, 2017 Jackson signed a two-way contract by the Houston Rockets . Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Rockets and their G-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers , being the first player in franchise history to sign such a deal.

NBA career statistics

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2016–17 Boston 5 0 3.4 .750 1.000 .500 .8 .6 .0 .0 2.0
Career 5 0 3.4 .750 1.000 .500 .8 .6 .0 .0 2.0


Jackson, a South Bend native, is the son of Juanita Jones. [5] Jackson lived in two different foster homes after the age of twelve, before finally settling with the Whitfields, the family of then basketball teammate Michael Whitfield. [5] [4] As a student in the University of Notre Dame , he enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters. [2]