The Gannon debut of junior transfer Zay Jackson was a nightmare for him and the Golden Knight faithful. Jackson, lauded as a lights-out shooter, connected on just 1-of-14 field goals, including 1-for-8 on threes, and made only 1-of-3 foul shots to total 4 points in 33 minutes. Oh, and the Knights lost at previously winless West Chester, 73-63, Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, we saw* a brand new Zay with Jackson erupting for 23 first-half
points on 8-of-10 shooting (5-for-7 on threes), leading Gannon to an 81-48 shellacking of Cheyney. (We didn't actually see
it because Cheyney hasn't embraced live-streaming video like the rest
of the Western world.) Jackson took only one shot in the second half but
still ended with a game-high 26 tallies.
weekend reminded me of Adam Blazek's home debut and bounceback game in
2011. In a stunning 67-65 loss to Daemen, Blazek was just 1-for-8
(1-for-4 on threes) in 29 minutes of play, causing some GU fans to
question if the Prep product was capable of playing on the DII level.
Well, Blazek roared back in a big way the following evening, scorching
Roberts Wesleyan for 23 points -- 14 of them in the first 4 minutes of
the game -- as Gannon raced to an 86-61 win.
not saying we should pencil in Jackson as a future All-American and
surefire PSAC Player of the Year. I'm actually saying just the opposite:
we need not rush to extreme conclusions based on one or two
Though we are permitted to be a
little excited about the weekend performance of super sophomore big man
Evan Phoenix. The 6-foot-9 transfer from Division I Central Connecticut
State looked skilled and athletic against West Chester (27 points,
11-for-17 FG) and stuffed the stat sheet at Cheyney with a Glen
Summors-like 19 points and 19 rebounds in 39 minutes. On video, he
resembled former Gannon great Zaid Al-Khas, who was also a DI transfer
I can't wait to see this team in
person -- and we won't have to much longer. See you Friday at the
Hammermill for the Gary Miller Classic!