MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown: #18 – Vance Jackson
The UConn transfer will be an immediate boost to the Lobo lineup
MWC Wire Top 25 Countdown: #18 Vance Jackson
The No. 18 player in the MWC Wire Top 25 Basketball Countdown is New Mexico sophomore forward Vance Jackson.
Jackson is a newcomer to the Lobo squad by the way of UConn, where he spent his freshman season. Starting 21 times, Jackson averaged 8.1 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game. He sat out the ’17-18 season due to transfer rules.
At 6’9″ and 230 pounds, Jackson is a bruiser inside. But his ability to extend his shooting range beyond the three-point line is what makes Jackson such a versatile asset and perfect fit within the Lobo offense. Jackson connected on 50 three-pointers as a freshman in ’16-17, including a blazing 48.4 percent conversion rate from deep in league play. He will be a trendy pick for the conference’s Newcomer of the Year award.
- 18) Vance Jackson, New Mexico
- 19) Makuach Maluach, New Mexico
- 20) Deion James, Colorado State
- 21) Alex Hobbs, Boise State
- 22) Trey Porter, Nevada
- 23) Zach Haney, Boise State
- 24) Nate Grimes, Fresno State
- 25) Noah Robotham, UNLV
- Honorable mentions
Eli Boettger is the lead basketball writer at Mountain West Wire. He’s covered Mountain West basketball since 2015 and his work has been featured on Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo Sports, MSN, and other platforms. Boettger is a current USBWA member.