The state of Oklahoma will be getting a good one in the fall thanks to Jacksonville’s Kanaan Jackson signing his letter of intent to play basketball for Eastern Oklahoma State College.
“I really didn’t know anything about them, but they saw me at a camp and started talking to me,” said Jackson. “Then after really looking at it, I decided that’s where I wanted to go.”
Scott Edgar, who was an assistant under Nolan Richardson at Tulsa and the University of Arkansas, with several other stops after, coaches the Mountaineers. They have become a small college power under Edgar, going 21-10 last year. The year before they finished 32-5 and fourth in the NJCAA.
“Kanaan is a quiet leader who is going to go out there and give his all every single time,” said Jacksonville coach Victor Joyner. “He had one offer before going to that camp. He came back with nine more. He already has the body size and build of a college athlete and is a high character young man. I hate to see him leave. It is hard to replace guys with that kind of character.”
Jackson played post for the Red Devils and became a real presence on the court for Jacksonville. Many coaches who coached against Jacksonville considered him the best and most consistent player for the Red Devils.
“He’s a kid with a high GPA, a good ACT score and has never been in trouble at school,” Joyner said. “Besides seeing how he works on the court, they see how he’s willing to work at school and life in general and that makes it easy to want him on your team.”