Former Hornet hoops standout Julius Jackson signs pro deal in Finland

(WIBW) - Emporia State men's basketball continues to go global this summer.

Former Hornet Julius Jackson became the third ESU alumnus to sign an international pro deal this summer by inking a contract with Raiders Basket Jarvenpaa in Finland. He joins Hassan Thomas (Portugal, Sampaense Basket) and Malik Hluchoweckyj (Bosnia, KK Bratunac) in doing so. This is the first time in school history the Hornets have had three players from the same class sign to play professionally in the same year.

"I would like to say thank you to Emporia State University for giving me the opportunity to further my education and athletic career," Jackson said in a release. "It was such an amazing opportunity that I will never take for granted. Now being able to further my career professionally, I will take all the advice and lessons learned from ESU along with me on this journey to Finland."

Jackson led the Hornets in scoring last season, averaging 17 points per game as a senior. The guard shot 47% from the field and 44% from three.

"Julius' journey to professional basketball is one of perseverance, growing up, development, and star power," Emporia State head coach Craig Doty said. "We refused to not hold Julius to a high standard this season because we had such great belief in his abilities. While this resulted in sporadic minutes and frustration throughout the first half of the season for him, during the second half of the season it showed that Julius could take everything to the next level."

Jackson scored in double figures in each of his last 13 collegiate games, dropping at least 20 points in 12 of them.

"As an individual scorer, I have coached no one better than Julius in my seven years as a head college coach," said Doty. "Not only can he score it from three point, the mid-range and in the paint, he gets to the line at a prolific rate which puts additional pressure on opposing teams. He also shoots great percentages which allows him to be one of the most efficient players on the court each night he suits up."

"My expectations are nothing less than being great," Jackson said/ "Having said that, my goals heading into this year are to be the best player and teammate I can be."