In a program built on player development, senior point guard Traevon Jackson could serve as the poster child. After playing limited minutes as a freshman two guard, Jackson earned the Badgers' starting point guard job in 2012-13 and then emerged as one of the better floor leaders in the Big Ten last season earning 2014 NCAA Tournament All-Region honors during UW's run to the Final Four. The son of former Ohio State and NBA All-Star Jim Jackson, Traevon has earned a reputation for physical play and a knack for hitting the big shot. He played a total of 13 Big Ten minutes as a freshman, but has now started 67 consecutive games over the last two seasons and has increased his scoring, rebounds, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio every season. One of the hardest workers on the team, Jackson has greatly improved his 3-point shooting, going from 29.3% as a sophomore to 38.2% as a junior. A lefty from Ohio, Jackson has hit four game-tying or winning jumpers during his career: game-winning 15-foot jumper with 2.1 seconds left to beat Minnesota, 45-44 (1/26/13), game-tying 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to force OT in 74-70 win over Iowa (2/6/13), game-winning 25-foot trey as time expired in UW's 63-60 win at Penn State (3/10/13) and game-winning 12-foot jumper with 2.1 seconds left to beat Michigan State (2/9/14). In the summer of 2014, Jackson traveled on a basketball and faith mission trip with Athletes in Action to the Philippines.
Jackson ranks fourth in UW single-season history with 151 assistsduring the2013-14 campaign.
2014 NCAA Tournament All-Region Team
2014 Big Ten Honorable Mention
2013 Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team
2013 Big Ten All-Tournament team
Has appeared in 90 career games (67 starts)
31 career double-digit scoring games
668 career points
Ranks 4th in UW single-season history with 151 assists in 2013-14
Started all 38 games ... earned 2014 NCAA Tournament All-West Region honors ... named an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree ... fourth on the team in scoring (10.7) ... led the team and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in assists per game (4.0) ... led the Badgers in assists in 26 games ... his 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio (151 assists, 82 turnovers) ranked sixth in the Big Ten ... reached double figures in scoring 21 times ... averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during the NCAA tournament ... scored 12 points and added four rebounds and three assists against Kentucky (April 5) in the Final Four ... poured in 10 points, five assists and three rebounds against Arizona (March 29) in the Sweet Sixteen ... went 9-for-11 (.818) from the free throw stripe against Oregon (March 22) in the third round of the NCAA tournament, tallying 16 points, including 14 in the second half ... scored a game-high 18 points against American in UW's NCAA tournament opener ... scored 14 points and added four rebounds and a steal against Purdue (March 5) ... scored nine points and added six assists with no turnovers at Michigan (Feb. 16) ... tied a career-high dishing out eight assists and hit the game-winning jumper with 2.8 seconds left in regulation against Michigan State (Feb. 9) ... poured in a career-high 21 points on 9-of-11 (.818) shooting at Indiana (Jan. 14) ... scored 15 points on 7-for-7 (1.000) free throw shooting and added four assists against Illinois (Jan. 8) ... tallied 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds against Marquette (Dec. 7) ... named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team after posting six points, seven assists and a career-high 10 rebounds vs. West Virginia (Nov. 26) in the championship game ... went 7-for-10 (.700) from the free throw line vs. Saint Louis (Nov. 25) in the Cancun Challenge, scoring 16 points, adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals ... recorded 11 points and added seven assists vs. Oral Roberts (Nov. 23) ... dropped 14 points and dished out a career-high eight assists vs. North Dakota (Nov. 19) ... recorded 13 points and added seven rebounds against Florida (Nov. 12) ... scored 13 points and dished out four assists in the regular-season opener vs. St. John's (Nov. 8).
Played in 35 games, making 29 starts ... averaged 11.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game en route to earning Big Ten All-Tournament team honors ... tallied season averages of 6.9 points and 2.8 assists per game to go along with a 1.36 assist-to-turnover ratio ... ranked 15th in the conference in assists per game ... led team in scoring in four games ... second on the team in free throw percentage (.765) and first in steals (35) ... reached double figures in 10 contests ... tallied a team-best 10 points in the Big Ten tourney championship game against Ohio State ... recorded 16 points and added three assists against Michigan in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals ... tallied 15 points, five rebounds and nailed the game-winning 3-point buzzer beater at Penn State ... scored eight points while grabbing a career-high seven rebounds and dishing out five assists at Northwestern ... scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and tallied four assists while playing a career-high 43 minutes against Iowa ... netted a career-high 14 points while recording four assists against Illinois ... tallied five points, five assists and four rebounds in first career start against Virginia ... scored career-high 11 points, including a 9-for-11 (.818) effort from the free throw line against Arkansas
Saw action in 17 of 36 games this season ... made NCAA tournament debut against Montana, playing 2 minutes ... scored 4 points in career-high 14 minutes vs. Mississippi Valley State ... career-high 4 points with 3 rebounds against Green Bay ... career-high 4 rebounds against UMKC ... had three points and two rebounds in 13 minutes of collegiate debut against Kennesaw State
Finished career as school's all-time leading scorer ... second-team all-state and first-team all-metro and all-district as a senior ... averaged 18.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.3 steals per game while being named conference player of the year ... captained his team to a 20-0 regular-season record as a junior and was named the Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year as well as second-team all-state ... averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals ... also earned first-team All-Metro (Columbus Dispatch) and first-team All-Central District as a junior ... as a sophomore, named first-team all-conference ... member of National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... high school coach was Ed Calo
Parents are Jimmy Jackson and Tamera Winston ... has two older sisters, Amber and Tawna ... father, Jim, was the fourth overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft and played in the NBA for 14 seasons with 12 different teams ... Jim played college basketball at Ohio State where he was a two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year; his jersey was retired by the school in 2001 ... majoring in life science communications
2011-12 | 2012-13