One of the Big Ten Network analysts determining who the league’s premiere basketball teams and players are is also one of the best players to come out of the conference in recent memory.
Toledo, OH, native Jim Jackson was the 1992 UPI College Player of the Year at Ohio State in addition to being a two-time First Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year (1991 and 1992) while also leading the Buckeyes to the ’92 Elite Eight.
Jackson joined the Big Ten Network in 2007, the year that it launched. This came on the heels of a journeyman NBA career that saw him suit up for 11 different teams — including the Mavericks, who selected the 6-foot-6 shooting guard fourth overall in the 1992 draft.
While familiar with all of the current Big Ten players, Jackson knows one especially well: His son Traevon, a sophomore guard at Wisconsin.
Coincidentally, the Badgers host the elder Jackson’s alma mater on Tuesday night. Jim Jackson profile