BATON ROUGE – The LSU women's basketball program has signed Chloe Jackson, a 5-9 guard who spent last season at North Carolina State, as announced Friday by head coach Nikki Caldwell.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Jackson will sit out the 2015-16 season and be eligible to compete as a redshirt sophomore beginning in 2016-17. She will be able to practice with the Lady Tigers during the 2015-16 year.
Jackson, a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was named the Washington Post's Girls Basketball Player of the Year and garnered Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America Honorable Mention at Riverdale Baptist. She averaged 17.3 points per game and was ranked the 19th best guard in the Class of 2014 by ESPN.
Jackson connected on the game-winning shot, a three-pointer at the buzzer, in her team's 2014 National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) title game. Riverdale Baptist finished with a 28-3 record during her senior season. Over her final three high school seasons, Riverdale Baptist secured a 95-11 record and won the ESPN Rise title in her sophomore season.
Jackson played in four games for NC State last season. She amassed five points, five rebounds and two steals versus Tennessee State in her only extended action of the season.
“First and foremost, Chloe is an amazing person,” Caldwell said. “She has a great personality and is someone that I've enjoyed getting to know through this recruiting process. Her basketball resume speaks volumes. Chloe is a player that's very explosive. She's a great playmaker not only for herself but for her teammates so we're getting an unselfish addition to our basketball family. I like the fact that she can defend and rebound. Obviously, Chloe has to sit out a year. That's a year where she can get better, help our team in practice and be ready to go for the following season.”
LSU has collected four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances highlighted by a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 trips under Caldwell. The Lady Tigers also have secured a trio of 20-plus win seasons and have reached at least 10 SEC victories three times with Caldwell at the helm.