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VU's Stuart Jackson moving on to Indiana Tech after injury-marred VU career

Stuart Jackson on Monday became the second 2016 sophomore from the Vincennes University Men's Basketball Team to sign a national letter of intent to continue his collegiate basketball career. Previously, center Makur Puou signed on with New Orleans.

Jackson, a 6-5 wing player who endured an injury-plagued stint at VU, will head to Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne next season after inking the necessary paperwork at VU's P.E. Complex with VU coaches, teammates and friends in attendance.

A prolific scorer and one of the top prep players in the Louisville, KY, region at Central High School, Jackson was preparing for his sophomore season at VU in 2014-15 when he suffered a serious leg injury in the Trailblazers' preseason jamboree and he missed that entire campaign as a medical redshirt player. Jackson returned for the 2015-16 season and was a central figure in the team's early-season development before being injured again and being confined to 15 games this past season. In those 15 contests, Jackson averaged 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds. He shot 45 percent from the floor overall and 34.9 percent from 3-point range.

Prior to being shelved with the injury, Jackson scored 20 points vs. Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 6, 2015, and tallied 22 points against Wabash Valley on Nov. 21, 2015. He reached double figures three other times before being sidelined, including a 17-point game at Olney Central on Nov. 18, 2015. Jackson returned for the final three games of the regular season and appeared in the Trailblazers' opening game of the NJCAA District 16 Tournament. He then scored eight points in VU's NJCAA Div. I National Championship Tournament loss to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Despite the bad fortune with injuries at VU, Jackson - who will hold associate's degrees from VU in business management and behavioral psychology - views Indiana Tech (23-10 in 2015-16 after the Warriors' season ended with a 93-89 overtime loss to Dakota Wesleyan in the first round of the 2016 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship) as a chance to make a fresh start.

"I really like the coaching staff and the program as a whole," he said of the NAIA-member Warriors. "I'm just hoping to stay healthy and play my game and I think I can help Indiana Tech."

He said he plans to engage in a summer workout routine that is even more intense than normal to prepare for the next stage of his career and added, "I plan to be a way healthier and stronger player. I can't wait to show everyone what I can do when I'm 100 percent."

The move to Fort Wayne also reunites Jackson with former VU teammates Jantzen Goodwin, who averaged 5.9 points per game, and Jaelan Manson, who scored 5.7 ppg for Indiana Tech in 2015-16.

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