Senior Sylvie Jackson Commits to Davidson


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Sylvie Jackson poses for her commitment announcement while visiting Davidson College in North Caroline.

Julia Gibson, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Senior Sylvie Jackson has committed to play Division 1 basketball in North Carolina for Davidson College. Before commiting, Jackson toured a handful of schools that she received offers from.

“I went on a lot of visits to see how each college was because actually going is very different than just being on the phone,” Jackson said. “I felt the most comfortable at Davidson, and they were in it for me, not just basketball.” 

Davidson is well known because of alumni and basketball star Steph Curry,  but what stood out to Jackson was the technique the women’s basketball team uses.

“Their style is to share, shoot, and stifle, which is like looking for the open man,” Jackson said. “It’s never one on one basketball. It’s the whole team.”

For Jackson’s senior season, she will step up and take on a leadership position for the younger players.

“I hope my younger teammates look up to me and that I can show them how to become a good player,” Jackson said. “I hope I can be a role model for them. If they are interested in playing college basketball, I’ll be able to show them how I train and take on a larger role.” 

Jackson is a leader for her fellow teammates, since transferring to Louisa she gained multiple Division One offers. 

“My advice to a younger player would be to just keep working, even if you are in a slump, keep working and eventually you will see progress,” Jackson said. 

Jackson committed just before starting her senior year, which takes some off of the pressure off that most seniors face.

“I can relax and just have fun playing the game,” Jackson said. “I don’t have the pressure of trying to have amazing statistics for coaches to see.” 

This upcoming season the Lady Lions will have to modify their starting line up in result of past players departures. 

“I think we will surprise people, a lot of girls will have to step up, and if they do I feel like we will be able to go through the district this year,” Jackson said.