Former Piston Jermaine Jackson talks about making the team as an undrafted rookie

Over at the other basketball site I write for,, I have a story about former Detroit Finney and University of Detroit standout Jermaine Jackson, who played a few seasons in the NBA and had a nice pro career overseas as well.

Most of the story discusses Jackson’s current work with young people in the Detroit area, but he did discuss making the Pistons roster as an undrafted rookie in 1999:

By the time he got an invite to Pistons training camp, he was ready and didn’t want to let the opportunity to play for his hometown team slip away.

“I was running five miles a day and went into camp with the Pistons in the best shape of my life,” Jackson said. “I listened to what all those pros said, I got myself into great shape, and I made the team. It was like I was in Disney World, bro. I came from drinking sugar water and calling it Kool-Aid and putting water on my cereal to playing in the NBA, sitting on the same bench as Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse and Lindsey Hunter. How could I keep my composure? I’m still on a high from that experience.”

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