FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14): Heralded point guard ranked as one of the nation's top players the past two seasons ... highly-skilled player who figures heavily into Irish plans this season ... will backup senior point guard Eric Atkins and will have the luxury of learning Notre Dame's system of play under the veteran senior leaders ... possesses great quickness ... a high-energy player who will add a different dimension to Notre Dame's offense ... can get into the lane and make plays ... an attacking player ... tremendous ballhandler with strong passing abilities ... talented shooter from anywhere on the court ... one of two local products on the Irish roster and one of three freshmen from the state of Indiana ... became the first player from the South Bend-Michiana area to commit to Mike Brey in September 2012.
HIGH SCHOOL: Concluded his prep career as the all-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County and Marian High School with 1,934 career points ... broke the high school scoring record that stood for nearly 25 years ... played in the 2013 McDonald's All-Star Game at the United Center in Chicago ... Notre Dame's 16th McDonald's All-American and the fifth under head coach Mike Brey ... played for the East squad ... first McDonald's All-American from Northern Indiana since Shawn Kemp of Elkhart in 1988 ... starred at Marian under head coach Robb Berger ... in his final scholastic season, averaged 25.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals ... finished runner-up in Indiana Mr. Basketball voting to Zak Irvin (Hamilton Southeastern) as a senior ... represented United States in the Under-19 NIKE Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. in April 2013 ... three-time Northern Indiana Conference (NIC) MVP honoree ... first-team all-state selection ... named to the Indiana Boys Coaches Association (IBCA) Senior All-Star Team along with current teammate V.J. Beachem ... set Marian High School single-season and single-game scoring marks ... named Burger King Athlete of the Year in South Bend ... alongside Beachem, played in the Indiana Boys All-Star game that swept the Kentucky all-star squad ... member of USA Junior Olympic Team in his senior year ... as a junior, averaged 22.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals while leading the Marian Knights to the 3A sectional crown -- its first in 43 years ... Marian finished the campaign with a 22-4 record and 6.2 mark in league play ... also that season, garnered all-state recognition and was a member of the IBCA Junior All-Star Team ... teamed with current Irish teammate Austin Torres as a member of the MBA AAU Select Team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Demetrius Montell Jackson ... his guardians and foster parents are David and Beth Whitfield ... son of Juanita Jones ... born in South Bend, Ind. ... enrolled in the First Year of Studies.