Edwin Jackson to “Always wanted to follow in the footsteps” from his father, Skeeter. A basketball player, like him, a hard-fought hard-winger born in Louisiana in the late 1950s and naturalized French in 1984 after his marriage to Caroline, the mother of his three children. The father’s blue career was short, less than two years (1987-1989), but it still allowed him to compete in a European Championship (1989) and to accumulate 41 selections, a total that will exceed his son against Finland on Thursday in Helsinki.
It’s in Pau, “In a basketball city”, that the new rear of the Southern Tigers of Guangdong (27 years old, 1.90m) was born in September 1989, three months after the end of this Euro in the former Yugoslavia – France had finished sixth – and the return of Skeeter at home. “To do better than his father, who was a recognized international, is something special, recognizes Jackson, called for the first time with the A in 2009 and sixth man “luxury” since the start of this campaign. In addition, this is my first match in a Euro. He will be there, we will both remember. “
“Want to do everything like him”
Jackson didn’t forget these “Halftime shots” in Besançon, at six or seven, when “Everyone was watching”. He still remembers these “Meal with great coaches”, “Great players who came to eat at home”, these training sessions in N2 and these parts “Great” at the bottom of the garden with his father, remained in “Super fit” even after the end of his career. “When, wherever you go, you are told that your father is an example, for his human qualities, his politeness, that you are told that he is a beautiful person, it makes you want to do everything like him, he says. It was clearly him who made me want to play. ”
Jackson did not inherit the size of his father (2.04m), the best French rebounder in the first division in 1993, but he learned from him “Some vicious stuff” (he smiles) and encouraged him to develop his mid-range shooting, one of his weapons today. Basically, the best scorer of the last Spanish Championship has “Always lived as a professional basketball player, with the constraints that this can have, by moving a lot, not knowing where we will live the following year.”
It must be said that the paternal has quite a lot wandered between his first steps on the continent in Saint-Denis, in 1979, and the end of his career in Lyon in 1998. In France, he has known seven clubs, including three (Orthez, Lyon and Besançon) after the birth of Edwin. “Basketball is my lifestyle, launches the rear of 27 years. I traveled with my father, who moved when he had to change teams. I’ve always been in it, and to have had the chance to taste a little bit of his career was great. ”