Men’s Basketball Officially Welcomes Ernst and Jackson

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Following one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Drake University men’s basketball team officially welcomed forward Brady Ernst and guard Jonah Jackson to the program Wednesday, April 17, head coach Darian DeVries announced.Both student-athletes are transfers with Ernst, a native of Clinton, Iowa, joining the Bulldogs from Florida Gulf Coast while Jackson comes from John A. Logan Community College in Carterville, Ill.Jackson originally hails from Merrillville, Ind., where he was high school teammates with current Bulldog D.J. Wilkins. Last season at John A. Logan, he averaged 12.4 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from three-point range. “Jonah is a great young man,” DeVries said of the 6-3, 205-pound guard. “He comes from Merrillville, Ind., where he grew up playing with and against the Murphy twins [current Bulldogs Tremell and Anthony] and D.J. That connection is huge for him and our team. He will be able to fill multiple spots for our team next year. “He is a proven shooter who has a great ability to make plays for others and has a tremendous competitive spirit about him. He is going to be a great addition to our program both on and off the court.”Ernst has played the last two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast following a year at both Indian Hills Community College and Iowa State. Last season at FGCU, he averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor. The 6-10, 230-pound forward began his collegiate career at Iowa State before being sidelined due to injury and transferring to Indian Hills C.C. in Ottumwa, Iowa. There, he racked up 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. “Brady is going to be a big addition to our frontcourt next season,” DeVries said. “He brings us multiple years of experience playing at the Division I level and is ready to make an impact at Drake. Being from Clinton Iowa, we are happy that he can finish his playing career close to home and he will be a great addition of basketball IQ and skill at the post position.”The pair join a program coming off a 24-win season, the third-highest in school history, en route to an Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title and the program’s 12th all-time postseason appearance. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more