Jackson Came Up Big In The NCAA TOURNAMENT...: Averaged 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 steals for XU's three NCAA Tournament games...scored 13 points to go with three assists and a career-high tying four steals in the first round win over Portland State, while earning CBS/Chevrolet Game MVP honors.
2008-09...: Started the last 11 games at point guard, averaging 7.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a 2.73-to-1.00 assist-to-turnover ratio for those starts...named Blackburn/McCafferty Game MVP by the media for the Dayton game on March 5 after scoring a team-high tying 14 points (XU's first 11 of the game) to go with a career-high eight rebounds...started the first 11 games of the season but had not started since the Dec. 23 Butler game until the season-ending stretch...made the most of his starting assignment against Fordham with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and just one turnover...had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists against GW...led Xavier in assists at 2.7 per game, including six against Saint Louis and six more at Fordham, while adding 6.6 ppg. and 3.5 rpg., including six rebounds in the Robert Morris and Virginia Tech games...scored a career-high 15 points on the strength of a career-high tying three three-pointers at Cincinnati, tallying 13 big points in the first half that helped XU forge a 14-point halftime lead...scored 13 points to go with three assists and no turnovers at Virginia...scored 13 points and dished off a career-high seven assists in the win over Auburn...hit the buzzer-beater from halfcourt that lifted Xavier to the thrilling come-from-behind overtime win over Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off...his shot made the top spot on ESPN SportsCenter's "Top 10" list and it was the "Call of the Day"...scored five of XU's 11 points in overtime, which accounted for his entire game total...came up with a big steal and turned it into a three-point play at the other end in the closing minutes against Memphis...had 14 points, four assists and three rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes against Toledo.
2007-08...played eight minutes in the win over Georgia and made arguably the biggest shot of his young career when he nailed a three-pointer that put XU ahead for good at 52-49 with 7:21 left...XU, which had trailed by 11 points with 16 minutes left, led the rest of the way after Jackson's trey...the shot was nominated for a Pontiac "Game Changing Performance"...also hit a big three-pointer late in regulation against West Virginia...made his first collegiate start in the regular season finale against Richmond, logging a career-high 26 minutes...played in 35 games, averaging 10.4 minutes per game...logged 13.8 minutes per game over the last 13 games...has shown great improvement, especially on the defensive end...played 18 minutes against Duquesne, contributing four points and three rebounds...played well in 13 minutes at Saint Joseph's, contributing five points and two steals...had arguably his best game as a Musketeer against Dayton at Cintas Center, hitting a pair of three-pointers to go with two assists and a career-high four steals in 17 minutes of action...hit 15 of his last 33 three-point attempts (.455) after hitting just two of his first 13 attempts (.154) this season...scored a career-high tying seven points on the strength of two three-pointers against Virginia...had five points and three rebounds in 14 minutes against Belmont...had a three-pointer and two assists in 13 minutes against Oakland...scored his first seven career points to go with his first four assists and his first two rebounds in the win over Coppin State...played 11 minutes in his XU debut in the season opener.
A SCHOOL RECORD-SETTER ENJOYED A WINNING CAREER...finished his career as McClain High School's all-time record holder for most points (2,423), rebounds (1,014), assists (502) and steals (312)...his point total of 2,423 points ranks 11th on the Ohio all-time scoring list...is one of only two players in the state of Ohio to finish their career with over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds (Bellaire's Nate Davis is the other)...posted impressive school record career averages of 25 points and 10.5 rebounds per game...also set the school single-game records for points with 45 vs. Adena (12-30-05), rebounds with 21 vs. Upper Sandusky (1-6-07), assists with 15 vs. Madison Plains (12-10-04) and steals with eight vs. Washington Court House (1-18-05)...McClain posted a composite record of 85-12 during Jackson's four-year career, including three South Central Ohio League Championships, four Sectional Championships and two District Championships.
STELLAR SENIOR SEASON CAPPED OFF A DECORATED CAREER...averaged 26.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.6 steals a game as a senior, while leading McClain to a 23-1 record...McClain finished with a perfect 20-0 regular season record and was ranked number one in the Division II Associated Press Final Poll...in fact, they were ranked number one every week of the poll...Second Team All-Ohio as a Freshman and First Team All-Ohio as a sophomore, junior and senior...Associated Press First Team All-District four years in a row, including AP District Player of the Year three times...also named District 14 Coaches Association All-District four years in a row, including the coaches pick as District Player of the Year three times...named First Team All-South Central Ohio League four straight years...as a junior he averaged 28.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals, while leading his team to a 21-2 record...basketball coach: Rick VanMatre.
VANMATRE ON JACKSON:"Danté is a tremendous person and leader in addition to being a talented player. He is a winner who is at his best when the game is on the line. Whether it's a basket, a rebound, a steal, a pass or whatever we needed, he found a way to make winning plays. He is a tremendous athlete who works very hard."
ALL-STAR HONORS...a preseason 2007-08 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection...MVP of the 2007 Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, including hitting the game-winning shot...nominated for McDonald's All-American...ranked No. 81 in the 2007 class by rivals.com and the No. 20 shooting guard.
STANDOUT TRACK STAR ALSO...his tremendous athletic ability also showed in track in field as he won the 2006 Division II State Championship in the 110 meter hurdles, becoming the first state champion in school history...repeated his championship effort in 2007.
PERSONAL...an occupational therapy major...born April 7, 1988 in Columbus, Ohio...mother is Krista Toney Jackson.