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Sparks rookie Rickea Jackson deserves attention

Sparks rookie Rickea Jackson deserves attention

With all the talk about Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark and Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese, there’s another first-year player who may be going unnoticed: Rickea Jackson of the Los Angeles Sparks. Rickea wasn’t even the most talked about rookie on her own team, but she’s definitely stepped up after the unfortunate injury to Cameron Brink.

Jackson has proven to be a serious scorer at the professional level, averaging 15 points per game in her last four games. Rickea is also a strong shooter, hitting 45% of her attempts overall and 36% from the three-point line. She scored 22 points in the team’s last game, a loss to the Phoenix Mercury.

Jackson has shown she can get to the basket, plays well in her pull-up game and, as mentioned, shoots the ball well from distance. She began the season as a reserve but seems to be getting more comfortable as a starter with each game. Sparks coach Curt Miller clearly sees her potential, as he said this after the performance against the Mercury. “She played a good game. I think it could have been an even better game.”

Jackson was selected fourth in the WNBA Draft out of Tennessee. She averaged over 20 points in her final season and was named to the All-SEC first team two years in a row. She’s shown that ability to score baskets in LA’s win, with more on the way.