Jackson leaves Saturday for the game.
"I’m really looking forward to it,” Jackson said. "I’m looking forward to playing with Chelsea and being around some of the other top players.”
Instead of relaxing during spring break after bringing home a gold ball, Jackson had to stay sharp for the All-American game.
"I did get to hang out with some of the other players, but I still had to practice,” Jackson said.
Several state players have earned Parade All-America honors in recent years, but Jackson is the first state girls basketball player named to the Parade first team since 1992. Atoka’s Crystal Robinson made it that year. Robinson went on to play several seasons in the WNBA and recently coached McAlester to the Class 5A state title.
Sapulpa’s Alyssia Brewer, now at Tennessee, was a fourth-team player in 2007 and on the second team in 2008. Also in 2008, Sequoyah-Tahlequah’s Angel Goodrich was named fourth team.
Sapulpa’s Earnesia Williams and Cascia Hall’s Iciss Tillis have also made the Parade All-America team in the last 11 years.