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My Brothers Keeper: Andre and Marcus Jackson

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Albany Academy’s Andre and Marcus Jackson grew up competing against each other since day one.  The brothers would always push each other for greatness and that alone was the driving force to the success they are having now.  The two brothers played together informally and in rec leagues growing up, but until Marcus enrolled at Albany Academy, they’d never been on the same team at an organized level.  The elder Jackson, currently a four-star recruit is ranked #52 on ESPN’s top 100 list and has committed to the UConn huskies next season.  The younger brother Marcus is currently a Junior and on his way to catching the attention of a lot of division 1 schools himself.  Both are currently striving to bring their school a state title and bring some respect to the upstate New York basketball scene.h

Andre Jackson is a ESPN Top 100 player of of Albany Academy. He’s committed to UConn and will be an immediate contributor to the Huskies. Photo Courtesy Of Cal Griffin/ATH

Albany Academy took the trip to New York City to compete in the Empire Invitational.  A compilation of the region’s best basketball teams suited up and tested their teams against great non-conference opponents.  Albany Academy would be matched up against a tough NYC opponent in Cardinal Hayes High School.  Both teams fought a good fight but in the end, it was The Albany School who would walk away victorious.  Although Andre Jackson would capture the headlines most of the time, it was his younger brother Marcus who would earn MVP honors.

It’s all about winning for me, the individual awards are cool and all but at the end of the day it’s all about getting a W for the team

Marcus Jackson

Andre Jackson gave the Empire Invitational crowd some highlights to remember him by in the form of some thunderous dunks.  Marcus complimented his brothers play and actually led the way for Albany Academy with a stat line of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.  He was solid on the defensive end and caused havoc for his opponents throughout the game.  When they announced that he had won the MVP award, his teammates, including his brother, all rallied around him and celebrated like they all just won the award.  “It’s all about winning for me, the individual awards are cool and all but at the end of the day it’s all about getting a W for the team”. Says Marcus Jackson.  Both brothers have bright futures ahead of them and we’ll keep our eyes glued on both as they develop their games further.

Marcus Jackson came hope with the MVP at the Empire Invitational. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin/ATH

Next season you can catch Andre in a UConn uniform as he has already committed to play for Danny Hurley and the Huskies.  His upside is tremendous, already blessed with the tools it takes to be a great college player.  He can absolutely jump out of the gym and has a solid handle and quickness that he’ll use to carve his Big East opposition.  He’ll even have a shot at the pros if he can work on some key things with his game.   He’ll need to work on his decision making and play smarter with the ball in his hands.  In college, possessions are very valuable and converting is key.  He also must work on his outside shooting.  Once he can knock down a consistent mid-range jumper he’s going to be impossible to guard.

Marcus has the rest of the season and next year to get better.  He is already an incredible defensive player and if he can use that for leverage he’ll get some great schools knocking on his door.  I can’t wait to see how he matures.  

Thank you to both brothers for their time during the interview and wish them nothing short of the best.  Make sure you follow Marcus @Marcus_.Jackson and @AndreJackson5 on Instagram to tune in to their story.  

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The 2019 Kyrie Irving Invitational

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Nike and Brooklyn Nets All-Star Point Guard, Kyrie Irving brought some of the best High School teams in the Tri-state area together for the 2nd annual Kyrie Irving Invitational held at the Barclays Center.  The one-day extravaganza was free to the public and gave a lot of young people the opportunity to watch some great Basketball.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – BARCLAYS CENTER: St. Patrick Legends Al Harrington and Shaheen Holloway came to the Barclays Center to root for their alma mater The Patrick School. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin

Among the teams participating in the event was Kyrie’s alma mater, The Patrick School – formerly known as St. Patrick’s High School.  There were a few other St. Patrick’s notable alumni in the crowd like Seton Hall legend Shaheen Holloway and NBA legend Al Harrington.  They were treated to a great game between The Patrick School and Roselle Catholic.

We’ve been working for this every day. We don’t take any days off,” Kuminga said. “We really had to show coach that we listened during practice. We had to come out here and prove that.

Jonathan Kuminga, TPS Small Forward

Earlier in the day Blair Academy defeated  Our Savior Lutheran in a good matchup.  Sophomore phenom Kyle Cuff Jr went home with the MVP award for that game.  In the girls game New York’s South Shore Vikings defeated Philadelphia powerhouse, the Neumann Goretti Saints.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – BARCLAYS CENTER: CJ. Wilcher and Jonathan Kuminga both went to work in the Kyrie Invitational scoring 20 for his respective team. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin/ATH

The main event features The Patrick School who is #1 in New Jersey (#4 Nationally) against Roselle Catholic who is ranked #2 in New Jersey (#14 nationally).  Roselle fell to fell to Patrick School 72-64 for early season Garden State bragging rights and even though it’s early in the season neither team wants to lose this game.  Jonathan Kuminga, the nation’s unanimous No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2021, was ruled eligible to make his debut for the Patrick School.  There were some nerves early, but they soon disappeared and the small forward dropped 20 points to lead Patrick School past Roselle Catholic, 72-64, with Kyrie Irving sitting courtside.  Kaminga proved that he is good as advertised.  The number 1 ranked player in the class of 2021 will have his choice of college to go to with every school in the country courting him.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – BARCLAYS CENTER: Jonathan Kuminga is as good as advertised. He is the number 1 player in his class and going to be something special. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin/ATH

Roselle Catholic is a very tough team to beat and lead for the majority of the game.  They forced TPS into careless turnovers and for the first three quarters did not show the enthusiasm that got them ranked in the top 5.  Roselle Catholic’s CJ Wilcher put a lot of pressure  on TPS.  The 6’5 Point Guard has committed to play with Xavier next year.  He was scoring the ball with ease and pretty much did whatever he wanted on the court.  He also had 20 points.    Although Roselle was able to get out to an early lead, it was Jonathan Kuminga and his TPS teammates who wanted it more.  They showed resilience throughout the game and proved that they are as good as it gets in the Tri-State area.  In the loss Niels Lane and Cliff Omoyuri had 14 points and 12 points, respectively for Roselle.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – BARCLAYS CENTER: Kyrie Irving does this for the kids. A free Barclays experience… you can’t beat that. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin/ATH

Thank you to Kyrie Irving and the staff of the Kyrie Invitational.  Thank you to Nike the Barclays Center for the hospitality and can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.  Salute 💯

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