National player, Alexis Jackson will begin his professional career in Spain.
The 23-year-old 7’6 center left the country on Sunday for Europe where he is expected to play for a year with the Tobarra CB club. His contract was made possible through a partnership with Wadadli Elites and Caribbean Hoops.
It is the first ever pro contract for the Ottos Comprehensive School alumni.
“I am very excited about the opportunity. I am not sure what I am going to experience, they say it is very physical over there but I’ve been physical so I am not really worried about that,” Jackson said in a recent interview.
“It is my first contract. It’s been a long run getting where I want to be so it’s up to me now to go out and put my best foot forward and I should be fine in the long run,” he added.
Locally, Jackson played for the Cuties Ovals Ojays where he was the third leading scorer and leading rebounder on the team.
He played an integral role in the Ojays claiming this year’s League title and their second-place finish in the playoffs.
He also was a part of the senior men’s national team that traveled to Nicaragua in June where he led the tournament in rebounds.
The entire Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association wishes him safe travels and all the success in this new chapter of his life.
“It is truly an exciting time for not only Alexis and his family but for us as an association. This venture can open doors for many other athletes and we all just want to wish him the best and to represent himself, his family and the country well,” President of ABBA Michael Freeland said.
National coach George Hughes spoke to the key leadership Jackson brings and believes this opportunity will help to elevate his game and bring that level of experience back to the national set up.
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