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How can Rickea Jackson reach elite status as a sophomore?

Fresh off a stellar freshman campaign, there is still room for improvement, as Jackson is sure to pick up right where she left off come next season. MSU Athletics

From start to finish, Jackson was a formidable scorer, having averaged 15.1 points per game.

Jackson started in 27 of the Bulldogs 33 games. In 23, she scored in double digits. At 6-foot-2, Jackson boasts a lethal midrange game. While she can create her own shot and take advantage of mismatches, Jackson must be a factor in the paint. If able, Jackson and center Jessika Carter could be one of the game’s most dynamic duos.

Comparable to Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard, Jackson is a versatile scorer with speed and agility. However, Howard can drain shots from beyond the arc. As today’s game relies on its shooters, Jackson will have to be consistent from distance.

Having improved as a rebounder, especially on the defensive end, expect Jackson to have an all-round game sooner rather than later. Under Vic Schaefer, defense is the priority, as Jackson’s shot blocking ability was on full display throughout the SEC Tournament. That said, in order for the Bulldogs to have a respectable season and a shot at a championship, Jackson will have to be a reliable threat on both ends of the floor.

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