By Joe Kozinski
MISHAWAKA — The Inter-City Catholic League and the Marian High School community celebrated Demetrius Jackson Night as the alum entered the gymnasium that saw spectacular dunks and many victorious evenings thanks to him and his fellow Knights.
The starting point guard for the University of Notre Dame continues to be an inspiration to the community’s youth and this night was no exception.
In his playing days at the corner of Logan and Dragoon Trail, Demetrius became St. Joseph County’s all-time leading scorer that coupled with being a McDonald’s All-American, an Indiana All Star, two-time All-State and the three-time Northern Indiana Conference MVP.
Family members and former coaches accompanied Demetrius on his night and he happened to bring along six of his Fighting Irish teammates.
The event was hosted by Marian High School’s beloved Bob Nagle and highlighted by Demetrius receiving the key to the City of Mishawaka by Mayor Dave Wood that was accompanied by a proclamation making Feb. 9, 2016, Demetrius Jackson Day.
As the Knights battled conference foes, the Jimmies of Jimtown — winning 71-49 — Jackson and his fellow teammates signed autograph after autograph to the many ICCL players that hope one day to play at the next level.
As many times before, Demetrius humbly accepted the accolades bestowed on him and quietly left the campus after all the handshakes and autographs were signed.
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