4GuysinBlazers

An Interview With Clarence Jackson

Clarence Jackson completed his basketball career at Siena as one of the most successful Saints in history. A three time MAAC champion he finished number 23 all time in scoring with 1,164 points and seventh all time in 3-pointers. Despite dealing with injuries at times in his career he fought through and often came up with his best performances against Siena’s toughest opponents always handling himself the right way and representing Siena so well. This past Sunday Clarence along with fellow senior teammates Ryan Rossiter and Steven Priestley graduated from Siena College.  Today CJ took some time out for 4guysinblazers to reflect on his time at Siena as a student and as an athlete. As he prepares for his professional career we wish him continued success and the best of luck.

 

 

 

4guysinblazers: What brought you to Siena/ led you to choose Siena?
Clarence Jackson: Coach Mac did a great job in recruiting me and really sold me on the school with its academic excellence and the basketball atmosphere they have around Siena. The school was a perfect fit. Small campus, easy to get around and you are pretty much treated like a celebrity.

 

4guysinblazers: What was the recruiting process like? And was it a hard decision?
Clarence Jackson: It was a very easy choice. Siena was my first official visit. I took four visits. I knew after I left Siena, I would end up committing then signing. The coaching staff did a great job with recruiting me.

4guysinblazers: What advice do you have for a younger kid i.e. high school freshman who wants to be a college athlete?
Clarence Jackson: To continue to work hard and if you find a love in something you do whether it’s basketball or any other sport there is a spot out there for anyone to be a part of and make something special out of it.

4guysinblazers: What is your favorite moment/ best memory of your time at Siena on the court? And off the court?
Clarence Jackson: Winning our first MAAC Championship hands down was one of the coolest moments. Off the court I would have to say just hanging around my teammates who will be my best friends forever.

4guysinblazers: What went through your mind as the last seconds ticked off the clock in your last game with Siena?
Clarence Jackson: Sadness and Happiness. I had nothing to hang my head about. I knew I represented the school in the best possible way and I went out a winner. I was just glad that I had the opportunity to be a great basketball program

4guysinblazers: What’s one thing a Siena fan might not know about what it’s like to be a Siena basketball player?
Clarence Jackson: Just how appreciated you are by the whole community. So many people around the country remember what Siena did during our great championship runs and its a special thing to know that I was a big factor in helping us get that respect.

4guysinblazers: How would you describe the support of the community, fans, and students for the program?
Clarence Jackson: Tough, and passionate people. Siena basketball is excitement and passion for them. They make our job easy with the great fan support. So we owed it to them to go out there play basketball and win games.

 

 

4guysinblazers: What the hardest thing about being a college student athlete?
Clarence Jackson: The road trips and missing classes. You find yourself playing catch up a lot with many assignments and tests. But the professors and support we have had are great. They understand we have a long and grueling schedule but they work around it with us and us, as students athletes make sure we get those assignments done.


4guysinblazers: You had a tough time with injuries this season and there was mention of you meeting with a sports medicine person associated with the Knicks, how did that go? And how are you feeling physically?
 Clarence Jackson: I’ve been feeling a lot better. I learned so much about my feet and my body in the last year. Heading into my pro career it’s imperative that I am proactive with these situations and I feel that I am getting back to full strength and excited about where things are going


4guysinblazers: You hired an agent to help with your professional career, any tryouts or interest from pro teams thus far?
Clarence Jackson: Yes I hired an agent. He has been really involved with me. My biggest challenge right now is to continue to stay healthy and take my game to another level. I’m still waiting for an opportunity on the NBA. Right now all I can do is continue to work hard. I do have some offers overseas right now and I just want to continue to do what I have to do to have an opportunity to play the game I love for a couple more years
 

4guysinblazers: What would you like Siena fans to know about teammates and fellow graduates Ryan and Steven?
Clarence Jackson: That not only are they great players but they are my family, my best friends and great representations of what you want in a great program


4guysinblazers: Have you ever heard of a more ridiculous name for a fan website than 4guysinblazers ?
Clarence Jackson: No I have not ha-ha. But I think this a nice way to keep the fans tuned into what is going on with former players. I think its great

3 Comments

  1. gerald sherry

    May 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

    My lasting impressions of Clarence will be his awesome drive along the baseline and dunk at Pittsburgh. Also, how he brought Siena back from an 18 point deficit against St. Joe's at the Pleastra.

  2. KGB

    May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    That dunk vs. Pitt came out of nowhere…I remember literally jumping off the couch when he threw that down!

    Thanks for a memorable four years Mr. Jackson.

  3. On to big and better

    May 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    The dunk @ pitt was incredible I had the same reaction of jumping out of my seat! Totally unexpected his fight and determination against ST.Joes and Minnesota we should have won that game….He just made it look so easy.

    Good luck to Action Jackson and Thanks for the wonderful memories!!!

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