The Texas A&M basketball team’s 2021 offseason was defined by changes. After a losing overall record in the 2020-21 season, Buzz Williams cleared out his roster, swapping out over half of his players to rebuild for the future.
And so far, that rebuild has been extremely accelerated. Despite an ugly four-game losing streak, the Texas A&M basketball team has had an extremely successful season thus far and looks like every bit of an NCAA Tournament team.
Oddly enough, however, the biggest impact player on the 2021-22 squad has been somebody who was already in Aggieland in the past. That player is Quenton Jackson, a former JUCO transfer and current senior guard in College Station.
Texas A&M football G Quenton Jackson might be the most exciting player in the SEC
Historically speaking, the Texas A&M basketball team hasn’t been the most exciting to watch. If you’re an Aggie basketball fan who has been through it all in recent years, props to you.
Quenton Jackson might make it worth it.
The Aggie guard is averaging a team-high 12.9 points per game. He has his flaws; Jackson is only shooting 32.4% from deep range on a team that generally speaking, does not shoot the ball that well. Overall, he’s only knocking down 44.8% of his shots, but he’s stepping up when it matters.
His best quality, however, might be his ability to create energy on the floor.
He does this offensive and defensively but I’ll start on the defensive end, where he has emerged as one of the SEC’s elite pickpockets. Jackson is averaging 1.5 steals per game, which currently leads the team. Many of these opportunities lead to fast-break players, where Jackson thrives. Think of him as a Russell Westbrook Lite.
On offense, however, Jackson’s athleticism jumps off of the screen. Heck, Jackson himself isn’t far off from jumping off of the screen, as he has one of the bounciest frames of anybody in the game. See for yourself.
Jackson hasn’t played particularly well during the Aggies’ four-game losing streak. Perhaps, this is a sign of how important he is to this team.
The senior will likely want to make the tournament this year, so expect him to step up big down the stretch.