Danville's Jackson will play for Lindsey Wilson

May 27, 2004|JILL ERWIN

In the end, Krystal Jackson ended up where she knew she would.

The Danville senior signed to play basketball for Lindsey Wilson Wednesday, wrapping up her high school career on the last day of school.

"Ever since the very beginning, I didn't think I'd go here, but part of me always knew I'd end up here," Jackson said. "I know it sounds weird. But Lindsey Wilson came through, and it's a good college. I talked to a lot of people about it, and they thought the same thing. I feel good about it."

Jackson was The Advocate-Messenger's 2003-2004 player of the year in basketball, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. She helped lead Danville to its most successful season, including a trip to the All "A" Classic state tournament after capturing the 12th Region title.


She did it all despite being only 5-6, but Jackson said she's grown accustomed to being smaller than most everyone else on the court.

"Ever since I was real young, I've always been the short girl," Jackson said. "I've had to change my shot, because I couldn't just go in and shoot. I had to do like a fake shot. I'm used to it, because I've been doing it my whole life.

"If people don't think I can do it, I'll just prove to them I can. I just thank God that he gave me the ability to play basketball."

She has chance to start at point guard

Jackson won't be the shortest player on the Blue Raiders, however, as former Monticello standout Sarah Beaty stands just 5-4. Jackson may well step in and start at point for Lindsey Wilson, and former Danville coach Justin Schommer said that's one of the positives for her.

"When you find a place you want to go to and they have a need for your position, that gives you an opportunity to play," Jackson said. "That's what every athlete's looking for."

Schommer also said the chance to play immediately will pay dividends for Jackson as she adjusts to the collegiate game.

"She'll get a lot stronger and she'll keep learning," Schommer said. "She'll raise her overall level of play. She's improved the last four years, and she'll continue to do that because she's going to be on a good team. She'll just be learning what it takes to be a point guard in college."

Lindsey Wilson finished last season 22-12, its eighth winning record in the past 10 years, and reached the NAIA Women's Tournament for the third time. The Blue Raiders are coached by Casey County graduate John B. Wethington.

Jackson has a list of things she wants to work on, both before she gets to Lindsey Wilson and also once she begins playing. She said she wants to improve her shooting - she hit 48 percent of her shots last season - and also wants to become a more vocal leader.

But most of all, she's just looking forward to the new challenge.

"I'm looking forward to more competition, meeting new people and taking my basketball to another level," Jackson said. "It's another challenge for me to do good."

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