Tulsa basketball coach Frank Haith has signed Darien Jackson (Overland Park, Kansas/Blue Valley Northwest HS) to a national letter of intent.
“We have been recruiting Darien and following his career since I arrived at Tulsa and we are excited to keep the great pipeline from Kansas City to Tulsa strong,” Haith said. “Darien is an outstanding young man and one of Kansas City’s premier players over the last few seasons. We really like his speed and athleticism, but most importantly, we like his leadership abilities and winning pedigree.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard recently finished his career in Blue Valley Northwest High School history by leading the Huskies to a 22-3 record and the 6A state title. Jackson averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game and he shot 43-percent from the floor during the campaign.
“First of all, Tulsa is getting a great person,” Blue Valley Northwest basketball coach Ed Fritz said. “Darien is someone who gets along with all types of people and is easy-going off the court. On the court, he’s a very explosive player who has a lot of quickness and can get to the basket. He has developed into a great teammate and I’m really proud of how he’s grown over the last four years. Darien loves to win and will do whatever it takes to help the team. I know he’s been working hard since our state title game so that he can go down to Tulsa and make an impact right away.”
Jackson was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
2017 Tulsa Men’s Basketball Signees
- Darien Jackson, 6-2, 180, guard, Overland Park, Kansas (Blue Valley Northwest High School)
- DaQuan Jeffries, 6-5, 215, guard/forward, Edmond, Oklahoma (Santa Fe High School/Oral Roberts/Western Texas Community College)
Jeffries led Western Texas Community College to a 22-10 record as he averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game during the 2016-17 season. He averaged 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot 57-percent during his freshman season at Oral Roberts in 2015-16.
- Elijah Joiner, 6-3, 205, guard, Chicago, Illinois (Curie Metropolitan High School)
Joiner averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists and helped lead Curie to a 25-4 record and regional title as a senior in 2016-17.