Men's Basketball

Jackson Inks Contract With Icelandic Professional Team

Henry Redman | The PhoenixSenior Aundre Jackson was named Missouri Valley Conference Sixth Man of the Year his first season with the Ramblers after transferring from junior college.

Former Loyola forward Aundre Jackson is set to play professional basketball in Iceland next season.

Jackson signed a one-year contract with Icelandic professional team UMF Skallagrimur Borganes Thursday, his agency Slan Sports Management announced in a press release. Jackson’s salary wasn’t immediately available.

“It’s pretty exciting right now,” Jackson told The Phoenix in a phone interview. “I’m glad I have a location now … to go somewhere to show I can play and then, hopefully, progress in my career.”

Last season, Skallagrimur went 21-3 in Division I, Iceland’s second-tier basketball league, en route to a first-place finish. Next year, they’ll play in the Domino’s League — the top-tier league in Iceland.

In Loyola’s Final Four loss to University of Michigan March 31, Jackson played through a torn meniscus in his left knee. Although he isn’t able to jump much, he’s been able to focus on shooting and dribbling during his recovery. He said he hopes to be cleared to resume full basketball activities within the next few weeks.

“I’m doing workouts right now, just like skills, shooting [and] dribbling … I’m just not at the time to dunk yet,” Jackson said. “I see the doctor in like two weeks and he said he’s going to clear me to jump, so hopefully in these two weeks I’ll be cleared to do like a full workout.”

As a senior at Loyola last season, Jackson averaged 11 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game in 18.9 minutes per game. He shot 62 percent from the field in his two years as a Rambler the highest career field goal percentage in school history.

Jackson is the second Rambler to sign a professional contract with a European team this offseason. Last week, The Phoenix reported former Loyola guard Ben Richardson would be playing professionally in Poland next season.

Former Loyola swingman Donte Ingram played four games in the NBA Summer League with the Chicago Bulls in early July, while Milton Doyle — who graduated from Loyola in 2017 — played for the Brooklyn Nets. As of time of publication, neither player has signed with an NBA team for the 2018-19 season.

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