The Shanghai Sharks have finalized their overseas roster with the signing of power forward Darnell Jackson, who had recently been released by the Indiana Pacers. The 6″9, 253lb big man is a relatively experienced overseas player, having spent two seasons out of America with BC Donetsk of the Ukranian Super League and the CBA’s very own Xinjiang Tigers.
After four years of college hoops with Kansas, Jackson was picked by Miami with the fifty-second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Traded that same day to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jackson had a handful of appearances with the Cavs during the last two seasons of the LeBron James era. He was last in the NBA in the 2011/12 season, where he played in fifty-nine games for the Sacramento Kings before spending time with the Reno Big Horns in the D-League.
For Shanghai’s other overseas player, Von Wafer, the Jackson pick-up will be an interesting development. The two men played together last season with the Tigers after James Singleton went down injured and Jackson was brought in as a replacement. In thirteen games, Jackson averaged 18 points and 9.9 rebounds.
The preseason optimism in full swing obviously but this should be a good signing for the Sharks. The fact that the two overseas players are on the same page already is going to help immensely and Jackson has experience in Chinese basketball. Given his size, the forward should be able to go toe-to-toe with vast majority of CBA bigs and if him and Zhang Zhaoxu can find some rhythm, this could be a very useful front court.
As it stands then, the Sharks will probably be rolling with a crunch time line-up of Liu Wei, Wafer, Cai Liang, Jackson and Zhang, which doesn’t look too shabby. The season starts in a month so now its time for the Sharks to bed down and get ready for the start of the new campaign.