BATUMI, Georgia – Former Quinnipiac University men's basketball standout Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) will begin his professional career overseas in Georgia, as the 6-7 forward has signed a contract with Basketball Club Batumi located on the coast of the Black Sea. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.
"I am very excited about Jamee Jackson beginning his pro career with Batumi this season," said head coach Tom Moore, who will begin his seventh season at the helm of the program. "Jamee was a terrific two-way player for us and is ready and excited to be playing professional basketball. I feel his athleticism, defensive versatility, and work ethic will serve him well as a pro. He continues a succession of several of our recent graduates to play professionally joining DeMario Anderson, Bryan Geffen, James Feldeine, Justin Rutty, and James Johnson. Our entire Quinnipiac basketball family will be following Jamee closely in the years ahead."
The New Jersey native has inked a deal with Batumi - a club in the Georgian Basketball Super League - which serves as the highest professional basketball league in Georgia. The league was developed in 1991 and currently has 11 teams all fighting for the Georgian Cup. Most recently, BC Armia established themselves as the country's leading club, and are the defending champions.
Jackson graduated from Quinnipiac this past May after a four-year stint with the Bobcats men's basketball program. Jackson posted career averages of 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and nearly one block per game, but really made his mark during his junior and senior seasons. Jackson persevered through an injury-plagued season in 2011-12 to average 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, and then followed with 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2012-13. He saw action in 112 games throughout his career, which included 70 in a starting role.
In addition to his offensive prowess, Jackson will also go down as one of the best defenders all-time at Quinnipiac. He recorded his 81st career block against Lehigh on Nov. 27, 2012 and moved into second among Division I career block leaders at Quinnipiac. Jackson finished with 100 blocks and only trails C.J. Vick who finished his career with 106 blocked shots. He is seventh among all-time leaders for the category.
Jackson joins a storied program at Batumi that has five Georgian Cup and Regular Season Championships since 1999. Along with Jackson, Batumi welcomes five newcomers to this year's squad including Junior Cadougan – a graduate of BIG EAST affiliate Marquette University.
Jackson's professional career will begin in mid-to-late October and features 20 games over six months of competition.
Quinnipiac's regular-season tips off on Saturday, Nov. 9 with the fifth annual Connecticut 6 Classic from Webster Bank Arena. Joining the Bobcats will be Hartford, Yale, Central Connecticut, Sacred Heart, and fellow MAAC foe Fairfield. For the second year in a row, Quinnipiac and Hartford will open the three-game showcase at 3 p.m. Yale and CCSU will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. followed by Sacred Heart and Fairfield in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
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