Renaissance’s Alaric Jackson named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Alaric “A.J.” Jackson, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds in Renaissance High’s 43-41 Operation Friendship victory against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

At 6-8, 290 pounds, Jackson emerged as a major college prospect after playing his first year of high school football last fall. The junior is seen as a prototype offensive lineman although basketball, in which he plays forward, is still his preferred game.

Operation Friendship consolation 042“His future undoubtedly is in football if he wants it,’’ Renaissance High basketball coach Vito Jordan said. “He can play college basketball. But he’s got a chance to be a pro in football.”

For the season, Jackson averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds, and helped the Phoenix reach the PSL finals where they lost to No. 1-ranked Western.

His performance against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s came in the Operation Friendship consolation game, featuring the PSL runners-up against their Catholic League counterpart.

The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators

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