ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: DC Basketball Legend Christian "Boo" Jackson
Born February 7, 1986... son of Lynn and Jackie Jackson... one brother, Akeem... majoring in physical education... father Lynn boxed in the 1988 Olympic Trials, boxed for the Virginia State Championship, and was 8-0 as a professional.
Averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals as a senior... led the Rams to a 20-6 record and their first Prince George's 4A League Championship in over 20 years his senior season... received First Team All-League, First Team All-County, Third Team All-Met, and Third Team All-DC Examiner accolades after leading his team in scoring as a senior captain... also received the Coaches' Award... led the Rams to the Dunbar Christmas Tournament Championship... was selected to play in the prestigious 2005 Capital Classic, in which he poured in a team-high 18 points... scored 450 points his senior season, including a 40 point game and a game in which he shot a perfect 12-12 from the field while tallying 31 points... named MVP of the Prince George's County 4A/3A All-Star Game... averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists his junior year while playing at Archbishop Carroll... served as team captain and was a WCAC All-Conference candidate at Archbishop Carroll as a junior.
TMP: When did you begin playing Basketball?
BJ: I started playing basketball at age 9.
TMP: What about Basketball attracted you?
BJ: Watching guys I looked up to, that was from my city, reap the benefits from playing the game.
TMP: What is it about Basketball that keeps you thrilled?
BJ: Continued success is what keeps me thrilled about the game of basketball.
TMP: How did you get your nickname?
BJ: I got my nickname "Super Boo" from a youngster who was sitting in the stands at one of my high school games while I was at Suitland High School. Lonnell and "Big Jeff", Commissioner of the Watts League, overheard the young man, and ran with it.
TMP: How do you prepare for a game?
BJ: At this point in my career, it's not much I do to prepare for my games. I always shower to take the edge off and loosing up a lil bit. Followed by stretching, and whatever music of choice I decide to listen to before the game.
TMP; Who inspires you in the game of Basketball?
BJ: My mom is who inspires me in the game of basketball. I do it all for her.
TMP: What is the biggest misconception about Basketball?
BJ: I think the biggest misconception about basketball is it's "lofty" expectations. We must learn to marginalized our own level of success.
TMP: What is your view on the current state of Basketball?
BJ: The game is in good hands!
TMP: Would you consider Basketball to be your form of art?
BJ:I consider basketball to be my identity.
TMP: Would you say that Basketball is an outlet to get out any stress?
BJ: Basketball is definitely an outlet to relieve stress. When I'm feeling down, I always head to the court.
TMP: How do you keep yourself on your toes when it comes to the sport?
BJ: I take my show on the road everywhere. I've played internationally, and all across the country.
TMP: What inspires you to keep going?
BJ: Continued success. Want to play until I can't play anymore.
TMP: How important is it to leave your heart on the floor and give it your all in a game?
BJ: No matter where I play, I pride myself on leaving a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. I want to be viewed as the "best player on the floor", period.
TMP: What advice do you have for the little boy who is watching and wants to follow in your footsteps?
BJ: In order to maximize your "full" potential, you must listen. Not selectively, but wholeheartedly. Basketball can change your life. It can award you opportunities and things that you can't buy, but you have to listen. Don't allow circumstances and excuses to hinder you from accomplishing your goals. You can do anything in life that you want to, and be whoever you want to be. You just got to be willing to "sacrifice".
TMP: What is next for you?
BJ:Looking forward to this year's 2016-17 APBL season to begin. First game of the season is this weekend November 12th. I will be playing with the Beltway Bombers, my first year with the team. Anxious!
TMP: When its all said and done, what do you want your legacy to be?
BJ: That I was one of the best to ever do it! Never gave up on myself, never gave in to what anyone said about me. Always held my own with the best of em.
TMP: Are you social? IG? FB? Twitter?
FB: Boo Jackson