With 2.3 seconds left in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A Championship, sophomore Elmarko Jackson stepped to the line and knocked down both free throws.
The two free throws gave St. Augustine Prep (NJ) a 51-47 lead that they rode to the finish line.
The 2022 guard finished with 13 points and four rebounds, and helped St. Augustine win their 16th sectional championship, while eliminating Camden Catholic, who eliminated them the past two seasons.
It’s moments like this that make you understand why Rider decided to offer him a full ride scholarship.
“I was extremely happy,” Jackson said. “It feels like my hard work is starting to pay off.”
His WeR1 head coach has built a great relationship with the head coach at Rider and after watching him one time, Jackson walked out of the locker room after the game with an offer.
Along with Rider, Brown, American, La Salle, Temple and Penn are showing interest.
As his game continues to evolve more coaches are starting to take notice. He has a good portion of schools already courting him at the moment that all like different aspects of his game.
“Being able to penetrate the defense,” he said of what coaches like the most about his game. “And I can create shots for myself and my teammates.”
Jackson is prepared to showcase that and more as we get closer to the spring evaluation period. He will enter the spring with one offer but don’t plan on him having that same total at the conclusion of the summer. He has plans to showcase talents that he’s been working hard on during the high school season.
“[I want to show] my improved jump shot that allows me to score at all three levels,” he said. “And the way I lead my team.”