Jackson, Stampede off to record-setting start
Garden City, Idaho (KBOI) - Idaho Stampede rookie Pierre Jackson is lighting up the court in the NBA-Developmental League. The Baylor alum is averaging 30.9 points a game, which leagues the league.
"My teammates are doing a great job of getting me open and giving me opportunities to score," Jackson said. "I just have to capitalize every time."
"He can shoot it, he can drive it, and he's super quick," said Stampede head coach Michael Peck. "He knows how to play the game. He understands the significance of spacing and knows how to come off a screen and roll."
The transition from college to the pros doesn't seem to be an issue for Jackson. On Saturday, he broke the team's single-game scoring record with 49 points against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. But there is still a difference between the two levels.
"Older guys that have families-I haven't played with a guy that had a whole family," Jackson said. "You have to mature real fast."
Not only does Idaho have the league's leading scorer, Richard Howell is the D-League leader for rebounds and Dee Bost is second in assists. On top of the individual accolades, the Stampede's 8-0 record is the best in the league, and is also the best in team history.
"It's a great accomplishment for us and we just want to keep it going," Jackson said.
While it's a great start, it's just the beginning of a lengthy season.
"We're only about a tenth of the way through this season, so we have a long road ahead of us," Peck said.
Idaho is back in action on Wednesday in Bakersfield, CA against the Jam.