FIL-AM Trevis Jackson finally made some noise in the D-League, over a month after entering the entering the draft largely unnoticed and a week after making a rather quiet Aspirants Cup debut.
Drafted in the ninth round in December, Jackson on Monday showed his offensive brilliance, connecting on 12 of 17 shots from the field including three triples to lift Gamboa Sports to victory.
But the 22-year-old Jackson played down the performance.
“They can say whatever they want. But like I said, it’s a day-by-day thing,” said Jackson.
Jackson played for a Division 1 school Sacramento State where he averaged 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 18.2 minutes for the school.
Even with paltry numbers, Jackson caught the eye of the Ateneo Blue Eagles during a workout in the United States.
Ultimately, Jackson said he chose a different road in his basketball career, instead of returning to college.
“I did a workout back home for Ateneo but I told them I graduated college. I didn’t want to play college anymore,” said Jackson.
The local developmental league, he felt, should be the next step in his career.
“Basically, I entered my name in the draft. I graduated this spring. I’m only 22 years old but a lot of people were surprised because they thought I was older because of my facial hair. I got drafted and that’s about it,” said Jackson.
Gamboa Sports coach Jino Manansala appeared to have found a gem in Jackson, and is impressed with the work ethic of the 6-foot guard.
“Masipag ‘yung bata. First game, medyo kinabahan. Etong second game, lumabas talaga ‘yung game niya. Tuwang tuwa ako sa linaro niya,” said Manansala.
Jackson atoned for a slow start to the conference in which he only had four points against Go For Gold-College of Saint Benilde last week.
Jackson also admitted his target is the PBA, but he is not in a hurry to make a big impression as he eyes more improvement to his game.
“Part of the plan is obviously play in the PBA. I just take things day-by-day. If I go far ahead of myself, I lose focus on what’s important everyday. Being out here, a new country, it’s my home country, I’m very proud and honored to be here,” said Jackson.