Pierre Jackson, rated #1 on the NBA D-League's "Prospect Watch" list scored a D-League record 58 points in the Idaho Stampede's 136-122 win over the Texas Legends tonight. Jackson shot an efficient 24-33 from the field including 7-13 from 3pt range. The 58 points by Jackson broke the previous record which was held by Morris Almond who scored 53 points in 2008 and Will Conroy who scored 53 points in 2009. PJ Hairston finished with 25 points for the Legends in defeat.
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Pierre Jackson, the Idaho Stampedes leading scorer and the NBA Development Leagues top prospect, signed a contact with a Turkish team Thursday.
Jackson, a 5-foot-11 point guard who averaged 29.1 points in 31 games with Idaho, was hoping for an NBA call-up, either by New Orleans (which holds his rights) or through a trade.
When it didnt happen by the NBAs Thursday trade deadline, Jackson who scored a D-League record 58 points in a game on Feb. 4 opted to go overseas where he can earn more money than in the D-League.
Idaho (18-15) plays at Los Angeles on Saturday.