Ray Jackson

Ray Jackson

infobox NBA Player

caption =
name = Ray Jackson
nickname =
position = Guard/Forward
height_ft = 6 | height_in = 6
weight_lbs = 220
team =
nationality = USA
birth_date = birth date and age|1973|11|13
birth_place =
college = Michigan
draft = 3rd round (35th pick overall)
draft_year = 1995
draft_team = Grand Rapids Hoops
career_start = 1995
career_end = 1996
former_teams = Grand Rapids Hoops (1995-96)
awards = CBA Rookie of the Year (1995-1996)

Ray Jackson (born November 13, 1973) is a former American college and professional basketball player. He was part of the famed University of Michigan Wolverines Fab Five along with former NBA players Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose and current NBA player Juwan Howard that reached the 1992 & 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as both Freshmen and Sophomores. Although the Fab Five final four appearance have been forfeited,cite book|title=2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide|publisher=University of Michigan|page=8|date=2007] he was not among the players called before the grand jury (Robert Traylor, Webber, Rose, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock)cite web|url=http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/aanews/basketball/index.ssf?/stories/wolverines/20001019amartin19.frm|title= Former U-M assistant testifies in Martin case: Also, prosecutors issue two indictments of Martin's associates |accessdate=2008-08-21|date=2000-10-19|publisher=Michigan Live LLC|work=Ann Arbor News|author=Larcom,Geoff] in the University of Michigan basketball scandal and was not found to have received large amounts of money. [cite web|url=http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/aanews/basketball/index.ssf?/stories/wolverines/20020322martin_indictment_text.html|title=Text of the indictment|accessdate=2008-08-19|date=2002-03-22|publisher=Michigan Live LLC|work=Ann Arbor News]

Perhaps the least known of the Fab Five, Jackson was never drafted into nor played in the NBA. He was cut in preseason by the New York Knicks before the 1995-1996 season and cut by the Detroit Pistons before the 1996-1997 season. He was drafted in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) by the Grand Rapids Hoops #35 in the 3rd round in 1995.

While with the Hoops, he received the 1995-96 CBA Rookie of the Year Award.

In a February 10, 2007 article on Yahoo Sports, Jackson says that: "It took me a long time to get over the fact that I was the only one that didn't make it to the NBA from the Fab Five, but I'm over it because I'm back home and I'm happy with what I'm doing with my life."

Jackson now lives in Austin, Texas where he runs a moving company and Rise Up Inc., a not-for-profit organization that assists children socially, educationally and on the basketball court.


External links

* [http://www.ruiaap.org Rise Up Inc. Academic Athletic Program]
* [http://stats.ath.umich.edu/basketball/basketstart.php University of Michigan Basketball Statistical Archive]

NAME= Jackson, Ray
SHORT DESCRIPTION=former American college and professional basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH= November 13, 1973

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