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Stephen Jackson
Round 2, 43rd pick
Phoenix Suns

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Full Name: 
Stephen Jesse Jackson
April 5, 1978
Houston, Texas
High School: 
Oak Hill Academy, (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Butler County (Kansas) CC
218 lbs.

An early entry candidate for the 1997 NBA Draft
Signed a letter of intent to play at eventual NCAA Champion University of Arizona for the 1996-97 season, but did not qualify for enrollment for fall semester
Enrolled at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas for spring semester, but did not play basketball

Expert Analysis
"He's one of the three best players I've ever coached. The others are Jerry Stackhouse (Philadelphia 76ers) and Ron Mercer (University of Kentucky). He's sort of a combination of Jerry and Ron"
-- Oak Hill Academy Coach Steve Smith

At Oak Hill Academy
In high school, was a McDonald's All-America choice following senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia
In the 1996 McDonald's All-America game on March 31, 1996, scored a team-high 21 points in leading the East squad to a 120-105 victory over the West. Jackson's teammates on the East squad included Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Jermaine O'Neal (Portland Trail Blazers) and Tim Thomas (Villanova)
In that game, Jackson shot 8-for-10 from the field (including hitting his only three-point attempt) and made all four of his free throw attempts

Transferred to Oak Hill Academy after beginning high school career at Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas. As a junior at Lincoln, averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

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