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With Coach Fitch
Jackson's high school yearbook entry in Williston, N.D.: "He stoops only for a door, and all look up to him." Phi Thetta 4; Pep Club 4; Letterman's Club 2, 3, 4; Coyote-on-the-air 4; Playmaker's 3, 4; Boys' State 3; Junior Class Play, Senior Class Play; Sophomore Class Offices; Capers 2, 3, 4; Varsity Football 4; "B" Football 2; Varsity Basketball 2, 3, 4; Track 2.
Long before he started collecting NBA title rings, Jackson got accustomed to leading high school teams to titles. Jackson scored 35 points in the North Dakota state championship game, and set a tournament record with 96 points to lead his team to the 1963 North Dakota state championship.
Courtesy: Williston High School
At 6-8, Jackson didn't have a stylish game, but his incredible wingspan made him effective nonetheless for North Dakota.
He holds the Division II record for an NCAA tournament game with 22 field goals, and he averaged 27.4 points in his All-America senior season.
Jackson developed his NBA coaching pedigree while playing for the Fighting Sioux.
The North Dakota head coach was future NBA coach Bill Fitch (above, left), and Fitch's assistant was future Celtics and Timberwolves coach Jimmy Rodgers (right).
(Courtesy: University of North Dakota)