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Oscar Jackson

Basketball ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Oscar Jackson was a key ingredient on one of the most explosive high school teams in Beaver County sports history: the 1970 Beaver Falls Tigers. As a 6’-2” junior, Oscar led the Tigers in scoring with 496 points as they won the PIAA championship. It was his shot that defeated Pittsburgh Schenley, led by Maurice Lucas, in the western finals, and it was Oscar who scored 28 points in the state title game against Haverford. In his senior season, Oscar made first team All State, finishing his career with the Tigers with 1100 points, including a school record 52 in one game. He was the Section 3A MVP for the 1970-1971 season, but his talent extended beyond the basketball court and into the classroom as he was an honor student and president of his class. That combination had over 3000 colleges yearning for him as a student-athlete but he chose Duquesne University, both for its proximity to home and its academic and athletic standing. After starring on the Dukes’ freshman team, Oscar averaged 13.4 points per game as a sophomore and led the team in assists with 78. His average dipped to 8.4 ppg as a junior, but as a senior and co-captain of the Dukes averaged 10.2 ppg and was a team leader on the floor. Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, Oscar was a late preseason cut but continued playing with Hazelton of the Eastern League. A hamstring pull the following year prevented his chance to make the NBA, and Oscar decided to concentrate on his business career, serving as personnel supervisor at Corning Glass Company in Horseheads, NY, and remaining active in his community, including giving free basketball clinics.