HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Jackson steps in for Sabers hoops
The turnover rate is high, but the Campbell Sabers have fared well with three boys basketball coaches over the past three years.
This offseason makes it 4-for-4. With Glenn Flores' resignation in the offseason, Campbell has hired former assistant and junior varsity coach Zaricke Jackson to lead the program. Jackson coached the Sabers junior varsity for two years, then assisted Bobby Samson in 2006-07 and Flores last season.
Last season's team, led by Star-Bulletin All-State guard Mike Makinano, reached the state tournament.
Jackson is already looking forward to the new edition of Campbell hoopsters.
"I have high expectations for us. I really think we can do some good things with these kids and play team defense," Jackson said.
Prior to Samson, Jackson was the JV coach under Sol Batoon.
"It's been a great learning experience for me. I've learned something from every coach I've worked under," Jackson said. "Coach Flores is similar to my personality. I'd say Coach Samson is more my basketball style. I teach defense. Defense is big."
Campbell has height, length and quickness returning in 6-foot-5 Eddie Gaines, 6-3 Patrick Ward, Nick Daniels and ultra-quick point guard Zachary Manuel.
"I'm gonna mix it up. I'm looking out for their future. They're not gonna be just low-post guys. I'll get them out on the floor and pick up full court, do some presses and traps," Jackson said.
Off the court, Jackson is a special education teacher.
"That's the beauty of being on campus, being able to talk to teachers," he said. "The players have someone to connect with. They've all expressed interest in going to college and playing ball, so I'll help with that. I expect the team grade-point average to be 3.0 or better.
"Like I said, there are high expectations set."