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Tucker High School is one of the top teams in the state of Georgia with three division one recruits in juniors Erykah Davenport and twin sisters Nuba and Naima Jackson. This highlight reel shows off their games from the Naples Holiday Shootout.
The Tucker Tigers returned to Georgia after the Naples Holiday Shootout a better team than when they arrived -- and are much more prepared to make a run at a 5-A state title.
The Tigers, currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, proved they are a solid team with more than a few players who are a scoring threat. Despite losing to national power Whitney Young of Chicago in the first round of the tournament, the Tigers went on to win their last three games at the Naples Holiday Shootout, defeating Dreher (71-43), Warren Easton (56-43) and McDonough (40-33).
A trio of juniors -- 6-2 center Erykah Davenport and 5-8 twin sisters Nuba and Naima Jackson -- lead Tucker. Davenport is a high BCS prospect who has already received offers from Georgia State and Central Florida, and is getting a lot of attention from BCS schools such as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Purdue.
The Jacksons, who transferred to Tucker from Stephenson High School, are getting a lot of attention from mid-major schools such as Winthrop, Kennesaw State, South Alabama, East Carolina, and UNC Wilmington. The sisters are very strong academically; both are enrolled in the international bachelorette program and have a 3.5 GPA. On the recruiting front, the twins aren’t looking to go as a package deal to college and their parents have even sent them to separate summer camps so they can be evaluated individually.
Below we take a look at all three players at the Naples tournament, which is one of the best in the country -- which means the competition was much higher than most of the teams they will face in their region in Georgia and the averages below are likely to be lower than their overall season averages. We also asked Full Court national scout Kelvin Powell to give us some feedback on this talented group, Powell is the Naples Holiday Shootout team selection advisor as well as a voter on the McDonald's All-American Committee and an advisor for the Gatorade Player of the Year.
Erykah Davenport, 6-2 center
By the numbers
Over the course of the Naples Holiday Shootout, Davenport averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2 steals per game. While her averages are strong, Davenport could potentially be averaging 20+ points a game if she would improve her shooting percentages -- she was just 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from the free-throw line. Turnovers are also an issue (4.7 per game).
Kelvin Powell on Davenport
“I am impressed with her ability to play in transition. She beats people up the floor and finishes in transition. What she showed this weekend is she can play a physical game.
“She rebounds at a good rate, not a great rate, so there is room for improvement there. She needs to rebound better out of her area and she’s going to have to develop a consistent 10-15 foot jump shot. Right now she’s missing too many easy shots around the rim.
“Over all, as a power forward at the next level, she is becoming more and more attractive. She can play in transition, she shows the ability to defend another four and physically she already looks like a college player. If she can develop a consistent jump shot, she’ll be able to go anywhere she wants to.”
Tucker coach Robin Potter on Erykah
“Her strength is her ability to run the floor and her hustle. She has a great attitude and is very coachable; she constantly wants to get better. “
Nuba Jackson goes up for a shot against Whitney Young. (Photo by Kelly Kline)
Nuba Jackson, 5-8 guard
By the numbers
While in Naples, Nuba averaged 7.5 points, 6 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.8 assists per game. She is the better three-point shooter of the sisters, but needs to become more consistent, as she went seven for 28 from behind the arc (25 percent). She also had issues with turnovers, which negated her assists and steals (4.8 per game).
Naima Jackson, 5-8 guard
By the numbers
While in the Sunshine State, Naima averaged 12 points and four rebounds. Naima had the best, but not great, free throw shooting percentage of the trio, hitting 59 percent. She is athletic and a consistent scorer, but needs to improve by contributing more steal and assists. Adding a three-point shot would make her much more attractive at the next level --she missed all four she took in Naples.
Kelvin Powell on the Jackson sisters
“They’ve got good size, they’re athletic, they play well together and both can play the one or the two at the mid-major level. Physically they need to get stronger. They have the frame to play at the next level, but need to gain muscle to be effective.”
“Nubia has better long-term potential because she can score the three, but Naima is more athletic. They have to become better defenders -- they are OK defenders right now. But they play hard and they compete and I think coaches like their hustle."
Tucker coach Robin Potter on Nuba and Naima
“They look for each other and feed off of each other. Nuba is tougher than Naima, and is a better rebounder, but I can’t tell who the better shooter is. It’s night to night, either one can have a great game. They work extremely hard and just hustle all the time.”
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