If Murray State endures a bumpier start this season than it did a year ago, the Racers may point to an incident involving one of their top guards as a primary reason.
Police arrested Racers guard Zay Jackson on Sunday afternoon and charged him with two counts of first degree assault as a result of an altercation in a Walmart parking lot in Murray, Ky. Jackson is accused of hitting two people with his car, both of whom sustained minor injuries.
The incident jeopardizes the career of a player Murray State coach Steve Prohm expected to start as a sophomore next season and potentially emerge as a third scoring option behind stars Isaiah Canaan and Ed Daniel. Murray State will surely investigate the incident before doling out a punishment, but it's safe to assume a suspension would be Jackson's best-case scenario.
Jackson showed flashes of promise in limited playing time a year ago, scoring 4.9 points and dishing out 2.3 assists for a veteran-laden Murray State team that finished 31-2 and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. A pesky on-ball defender, he used relentless energy and aggressiveness to force opposing guards into turnovers.
The return of an All-American candidate in Canaan gives Murray State hope of another memorable season next year, but the Racers need complementary players they can count on to fulfill their promise.
Jackson was supposed to be one. At the very least, that's no longer a certainty.
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