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Jackson healthy, rebounds with big season

After earning first-team all-league honors despite playing through an injury-plagued season in 2015-16, Tre Jackson finally had a chance to play at full-speed as a senior for the Douglas High boys basketball team this winter.

It was well worth the wait.

Jackson emerged as the Tigers' top scorer (15.4-point average), all-around leader and repeat first-team all-Sierra League player in his third varsity season. Even so, he was more satisfied with what the Tigers achieved as a team.

"There wasn't any certain highlight, just being part of the team for three years, that was awesome," the 6-foot-2 guard said. "I'm just happy the way my senior year ended this way, with this team. I wouldn't want to be part of any other team."

Jackson averaged 5.7 points last season, however, his overall play left enough of an impression that he was named first-team all-league. The season was difficult, largely due to complications from a dislocated shoulder he sustained during football season.

"I tore my labrum early in the football season, which took me out most of the season," he said. "I did some rehab stuff to get ready for basketball, but I was a little scared to play with it. It definitely affected the way I played last year."

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Jackson finally had shoulder surgery at the end of his junior year, on June 2, and began work to prepare for basketball. He didn't play football last fall.

"The surgery was much needed and I put in a lot of rehab afterward, which helped for the season," he said.

Jackson came back at least a month earlier than expected.

"Usually, that's about a five- or six-month recovery, so we were looking at having him come back in December," Douglas coach Corey Thacker said. "When he started out the season with us, that was nice."

Huge, actually.

"He was real consistent and he just worked hard every time he was on the floor, offensively and defensively," Thacker said. "And the good part about it was, our team worked together. They understood who our scorers were; they knew Tre was going to score, and nobody had a problem with it. They were happy to have Tre score, and if we could have other guys give six, 10 or 12 points a game … that's how we started winning toward the end."

The team's performance was a step up from last season (9-16 overall, 8-8 league), according to Jackson. This season, the Tigers were definitely better than their record (9-18 overall, 8-8 league) showed.

"We all worked together as a team," he said. "We all came to practice with happy minds, we all wanted to be there and wanted to play together as a team. We treated each other like brothers and it was just the nicest feeling knowing that."

Jackson was a big part of that success, Thacker added.

"This year, it was awesome the way he was playing," the coach said. "He was definitely our leader. He worked hard and he got everyone else around him to work hard.

"Even if he was having a bad game, and I really can't remember when that would have been, Tre would figure out what was going on and make adjustments. He did what he had to do to be a better player and to help the team. He is the ultimate team player."

Jackson has considered the possibility of playing basketball in college, however, he has another goal in mind right now.

"I've had a couple of schools emailing me, but at the moment, I'm really just focusing on becoming an EMT and fire fighter," he said.

Added Thacker: "Whatever he does, he will be successful at it. He's just a great kid who works hard," Thacker said.

Jackson takes special pride not only in having grown up in Carson Valley, but being a second generation athlete at Douglas High School.

"Oh, yeah, just to keep the tradition going," he said. "This community is awesome and growing up here was awesome. The opportunity to play here with all these coaches and all these people who have been supporting me all the way, I can't think of a better place I would want to grow up. I just know everybody is there the whole time supporting me. I've been very lucky."