May 1, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Donovan Jackson, a senior at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna Tenn., has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Jackson, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a key member of Dawn Barger's Red Hawk backcourt. He shot a blistering 42.9% from three-point range as a senior, much improved from his 27.5% clip in his junior season. Jackson's shooting helped him pump in 16.6 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.0 steals per contest.
"Donovan has proven on the high school floor that he is ready for the collegiate game," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "He has a good mid-range game and can attack off the dribble and finish. Donovan is a competitor who has and the desire to excel. I know that he can help us at the wing position. I am looking forward to seeing his transformation physically this summer. Another outstanding young man with a strong foundation for success."
Jackson is the son of Tina Jackson.
He joins a Maryville College program that captured their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference league tournament championship during the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history and put together a winning season for the 28th time in the last 29 seasons. Coach Placeres will take the sideline as the head coach of the Scots for the first time in the 2019-20 season. He replaces Randy Lambert, who retired following the 2018-19 season after 39 years as head coach.
Placeres moves into the head coaching role after eight seasons as an assistant coach on Coach Lambert's staff. He was also a standout point guard for the Scots from 2003-05, starting 56 games in his two-year career. Placeres also led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including taking the Scots to their last Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003-04. He also holds the single-game record for assists, dishing out 17 in a win over Oglethorpe.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.