Monday, January 7, 2013

Who is Zay Jackson?


Zay Jackson is a brilliant failure and the missing Racer, that’s who Zay Jackson is.

Why is Jackson a brilliant failure?

Jackson is recognized as the lunatic that’s accused of running over a couple of people in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Murray, Kentucky. 

Instead, the nation should recognize Zay Jackson as Murray State’s star point guard. 

But they don’t, fans acknowledge him as the crazy basketball player who is accused of committing a felony in Wal-Mart’s parking lot.
 
Sadly, after police arrested Jackson, Wal-Mart released video footage of the incident that went viral. In the clip, you can see one of Jackson victims laying on the hood of his car while the vehicle is still moving.

Immediately following the incident, Murray State basketball head coach Steve Prohm and athletic director Alan Ward suspended Jackson indefinitely.

A short time later, the Racers announced that Jackson will not step on the court this season.

And with that said, Jackson’s actions off the court may have cost Murray State a second straight historic season.

At this time last year, Murray State still hadn’t lost a game. Tennessee State handed the Racers their first loss on February 9, 2012.

After losing to TSU, the Racers finished the rest of the regular season and conference tournament unblemished.

Marquette defeated Murray State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament to end the Racers season with a 31-2 mark.

Jackson played a key role on the 2011-2012 team. He played in all 33 games, recorded 18 minutes per contest, scored 4.9 points per game, and dished out two assists a game.

More importantly, Jackson rarely turned the ball over. He coughed it up less than twice a game.

This year’s Murray State basketball team needs Jackson.

Isaiah Canaan is the Racers best ball handler this season with 50 assists and only 24 turnovers.

Canaan is a great point guard but he’s primarily a shooting guard. He shouldn’t have to handle the ball, try to find an open teammate, while attempting to find his own shot.

If Jackson conducted himself in a positive way, Canaan wouldn’t have these issues to worry about. And it’s quite possible that the Racers would still be undefeated.

But that’s not the case without Jackson.    

Without Jackson, the Racers lost its man that could bring the ball up the court, look for Canaan first, scout for open teammates, or drive to the basket.

Without Jackson, the Racers lost a valuable shooter. Last year, when Canaan, Long, and Poole shot poorly from outside, Jackson came to the rescue.  
Without Jackson, the Racers lost a fresh leg. 
Without Jackson, the Racers lost three games the Racers could have won. 
Without Jackson, the Racers turned it over eight times in the second half against Colorado.  
Without Jackson, the Racers coughed the ball up 16 times against Dayton. The Flyers only lost the ball nine times.

Without Jackson, only six Racers played more than 14 minutes against Valparaiso. Nine Valpo guys played 14 plus minutes.

Zay, the Murray State basketball team misses you. You’re the missing ingredient to this year’s team, a team that could’ve been better than last year’s team. 

Now, the Racers will likely have to win the OVC Tournament if they want to go dancing for the third time in four years.

But all of that is uncertain. The only thing certain is that Prohm and the Racers will have to win without Jackson.  

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