Jackson Leading By Example At Rancho Solano

Rancho Solano Prep senior forward Nikc Jackson has seen more of the world than many adults. Born in Italy, the smooth 6-foot-8 forward lived in Japan before returning to the United States with his military family. After playing last season at Tucson Sunnyside, the Jackson’s moved to the Valley following his dad’s retirement. Nikc, an Air Force commit, has thrived in his new environment both on and off the floor.

“So far I’ve loved it here,” Jackson said to Sports360AZ.com after a recent game. “It’s been crazy going from a 6A school at Sunnyside to a 2A school. I think the smaller class sizes have been really good. I’ve done a lot better [academically] at Rancho Solano. The people here have been great, as well.”

On the court Jackson has picked up where he left off last year in Tucson. He leads the 13-3 Mustangs in points per game (15.9), rebounds (nine), blocks (1.6) and steals (1.5). He’s also served as a stabilizing presence for his young teammates.

“He’s just a really, really good kid who’s clicked with our guys,” Rancho head coach Aaron Trigg explained to Sports360AZ.com. “There’s no ego there. It’s just all about working hard and getting better and trying to find ways to win.”

Trigg believes his star’s biggest improvement has come on defense, helping not only in the post but the perimeter, as well.

Jackson, who gets his unique first name spelling from his mother Nikcole, is living in the present but has his eye on the future. He hopes to one day become a surgeon.

Nikc Jackson back shot“Eventually the basketball is going to stop bouncing,” the eloquent Jackson said. “It’s what you do after that that really matters. I like medicine. Surgery is something that seems really interesting.”

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more interesting teenager than Jackson.

Something tells me the best is yet to come.