BURKBURNETT, TX (KAUZ) - Burkburnett's Paradize Jackson signed Thursday to play basketball for Western Oklahoma State College in Altus.
Jackson was a two-time district MVP, who averaged 19.5 points per game this season for the Lady Bulldogs, leading them to a 4th-straight district title and a Bi-District championship.
She chose WOSC over several other schools, saying that coach Eddie Broughton, Jr. was a major influence on her decision.
"I had a lot of colleges looking at me," she said. "But I just had a deeper connection with this coach. He reached out to me the most, and we just had a good connection. We talk a lot. And I got to visit the school and watch one of their games. I like the school and everything, so I feel like it was the best decision for me."
Jackson got to play the past two years alongside her younger sister, Eternity.
"That's probably one of the best experiences," Jackson said. "Just knowing I could have someone as close as she is to me, to play with her. We know each other so well, so it's just really fun to experience for two years. She still has two years more without me, but I'm definitely going to miss it."
Paradize said she also looked up to her older brother, former Vernon and Burkburnett star Chavaz Jackson, who signed with Mary Hardin-Baylor out of high school and later played for Bethany College and is now a published poet.
"He was definitely my role model," Paradize said. "From the classroom, outside of the classroom on the court and everything. He's just a real positive person. He's a good person to look up to. Anything I need, he was always there and he just inspired me on my grades, working out, getting ready to go play and everything."