David Jackson will be
leaving Utah to pursue
May 5, 1998
University of Utah head basketball coach Rick Majerus announced today that sophomores David Jackson and Jordie McTavish are leaving the Ute basketball program to pursue other opportunities.
Jackson (6-3, 205) from Portland, Oregon, played in 32 games last season averaging 3.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. McTavish (6-0, 169) from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, saw action in 34 games and averaged 2.7 points and 1.0 assists per game.
"Jordie McTavish is an outstanding young man," said Majerus, "and truly a student athlete. He is a scholar and has been a fine representative of the University of Utah and it's basketball program. At this time we anticipate he will decide to pursue other opportunities. It is with gratitude that we wish him well in his future and I am confident he will be successful both in the classroom and on the court. There is absolutely no question in my mind that Jordie will be a success in his chosen endeavor in life."
"David Jackson is a wonderful person. He has accomplished a great deal in the classroom as well as on the court. Dave's style of play and his wanting to be in a more uptempo program is a wish we are happy to help him fulfill. I'll always remember Dave Jackson's contributions on the court, his pursuit of academic excellence but most of all I will have a fondness for Dave because of his personal growth during his two-year tenure at the University of Utah. It is my desire that Dave have success in the classroom and on the court because he is such a good person, a nice young man and a player probably better suited to a different style of play."
"Both young men leave the program in high academic standing," said Majerus, "and their contributions were appreciated by myself and their teammates."
"I would like to thank the University of Utah and Coach Majerus, " said Jackson, "for giving me the opportunity to play with a great team and a great group of guys for two year years. At this point in time I feel like I need to start my career over at a place that is more conducive to my style of play."