The season is early in Tennessee for some programs but one player has been simply putting on a show to start the season. 2022 Jackson Garner from Clinton high school in Tennessee has been a scoring machine on the court, posting some impressive numbers before the program had to take a break during this team.
A lot of work has gone into Garner’s game this summer, preparing his game and preparing for this season.
“I’ve worked really hard all summer and my confidence is high,” he told Phenom Hoops. “Our offense is primarily running through me and I feel really comfortable with my game. I cam out the start of the season hungry and I wanted to show people that I can play.”
To say that he looks comfortable on the court and has shown he can play may be an understatement. So far this season, Garner has averaged 31.7 points, 2.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. He is shooting 48 percent from the floor, 54 percent from three, and has hit 31 3-pointers in just six games.
That includes an impressive 55-point performance vs. Gatlinburg-Pittman, which was a school-record for most points in a game; it was a game he won’t forget.
“That night was surreal, hitting 55 points and breaking my school’s single-game scoring record. That was held for 20+ years by Jermaine Shepherd. It was a heck of an honor because he was a tremendous athlete.”
Those types of performances though will certainly gain the attraction of college coaches. Garner earned his first offer from Maryville College back in November, but he also says schools like Lincoln Memorial have also expressed interest.
“LMU wants me to go on a visit there and see their program first hand. Maryville’s College point guard is graduating in 2022 and Coach Placeres thinks I can fill that role for him.”
Garner looks to be back in action at Clinton in January hopefully, and with the performances he has posted so far, fans and coaches could certainly be in for a show this season from the junior guard.