5 Thomas Jackson
5 Thomas Jackson
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: East Lansing, Mich.
High School: East Lansing
Position: G
2000-01: Started all 32 games...first team All-MCC...named to the MCC All-Defensive Team...earned Butler's Mental Attitude Award...picked to the All-Tournament team at the Fiesta Bowl Classic...led the Bulldogs in scoring, assists and steals...topped the conference in assist/turnover ratio and steals...finished third in the league in assists...had 20 double-figure scoring performances...scored 14 points in Butler's victory over #23 Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...had 11 points, all in the second half, against Wright State in the semifinals of the MCC Tournament...led the Bulldogs with 17 points and a career-high seven steals in Butler's home victory over UW-Green Bay...scored a team-high 15 points in win at Cleveland State...led the Bulldogs with 15 points and four assists in a home win over Wright State...had 14 points, six assists and four steals in Butler's upset of #10 Wisconsin...matched his career scoring high with 25 points against Loyola in Hinkle Fieldhouse, despite playing with a hyperextended knee suffered two nights earlier...led all scorers with 21 points in Butler's home win against UIC...topped the Bulldogs with 18 points and a season-high nine assists in home victory over Cleveland State...scored 20 points at Wright State...scored 19 points (including 13 of 14 from the free throw line) and grabbed six rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette in the Fiesta Bowl Classic...posted nine points and eight assists against nationally-ranked Arizona in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic...led the Bulldogs with 19 points in a win over TCU...hit a career-high four three-point field goals and scored 14 points in home win over Santa Clara...had five steals against UT-Martin...posted 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists at Indiana State...scored 13 points and added seven assists in win over Ball State...tallied 19 points at Birmingham-Southern...scored 17 points in Butler's season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois.

1999-00: Named to the MCC All-Tournament team...starting point-guard in Butler's last 37 games, dating back to the 1998-99 season...led the team in assists and minutes played...third on the team in scoring...ranked second in the MCC in assists and first in assist/turnover ratio...finished seventh in the league in free throw shooting and ninth in the conference in steals...11th in the MCC in defensive rebounds...moved into second place on Butler's single season assist chart (163)...had eight assists, seven points and five rebounds against Florida in the NCAA Tournament...set a Butler single game record and tied the MCC Tournament single game record with 15 assists against Detroit in the MCC Championship game...had 23 points and 13 assists in Butler's first two MCC Tournament games...scored five points and had 10 assists in Butler's season-finale against UIC...tallied 15 points and had eight assists in 26 minutes at UW-Milwaukee...scored 11 points and had seven assists against Cleveland State...had 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes against Detroit...led the Bulldogs with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists at Wright State...recorded seven assists at Loyola...played 33 minutes at UIC without a turnover...posted first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against UW-Milwaukee...led all scorers at Cleveland State with 16 points...scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had seven assists at UT-Martin...scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Nevada...had nine points, six rebounds and five assists in a season-high 40 minutes at Eastern Illinois...tallied a career-high 25 points, including 15 in the second half, against Indiana State.

1998-99: Played in all 32 games, including eight as a starter...led the team and ranked 10th in the MCC in assists...second on the team in steals...averaged 15.5 points in Butler's final four games...scored a team-high 17 points against Clemson in the NIT...sparked the Bulldogs with 15 points and a season-high seven assists against Old Dominion...tallied a season-high 22 points in a season-high 32 minutes against Detroit in the championship game of the MCC Tournament...came off the bench with 16 points and five assists in Butler's double-overtime victory over Wright State...had a season-high seven rebounds and three steals in a reserve role at UW-Milwaukee...starting point-guard in Butler's first and last game.

High School: Rated as one of the top point-guards in Michigan as a senior...three-year varsity regular at East Lansing High School...named first team all-state by the Detroit News and the Detroit Free-Press in 1997-98...named to the Michigan "Dream Team"...two-year all-conference and all-area performer...selected as a team captain for prep squad in both junior and senior seasons...averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 6.5 steals per game as a senior...named area "Player of the Year" by the Lansing State Journal in 1996-97...picked conference "Player of the Year" in 1997-98...averaged 17.2 points, 7.1 assists and 5.0 steals per game as a junior...helped high school team to a 21-4 record and conference, district and regional championships in 1996-97...sparked prep squad to a 16-4 record in 1997-98...earned three varsity basketball letters as a prep...High School Coach: Chris Ferguson.

Jackson Profile

  • Full Name: Thomas V. Jackson
  • Nickname: TJ
  • Born: 5/23/80
  • Parents: Emma Jackson
  • College Major: Public Relations
  • Hobbies: Movies
  • The Athlete I Most Admire: Michael Jordan
  • Favorite TV Show: The Wayans Bros.
  • Favorite Food: Italian
  • Favorite Professional Basketball Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Favorite Sport (outside of basketball): Football
  • Best Basketball Player I've Played Against: Mateen Cleaves
  • Why I Chose Butler: I felt comfortable (at Butler) and it was a good opportunity
  • My Advice to Youngsters: Stay in school and work hard
  • Insider Info: Thomas Jackson finished third behind Dane Fife (now at Indiana) and Antonio Gates in the balloting for Michigan's "Mr. Basketball as a senior in high school.


Career Bests

  • Points - 25 vs. Loyola (1/27/01), 25 vs. Indiana State (12/1/99)
  • Rebounds - 10 vs. UW-Milwaukee (1/22/00)
  • Assists - 15 vs. Detroit (3/7/00)
  • 3-Point Field Goals - 4 vs. Santa Clara (12/20/00)
  • Steals - 7 vs. UW-Green Bay (2/17/01)
  • Minutes - 40 at Eastern Illinois (12/7/99)