High school: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Draft year: 1997
Draft selection: No. 43
Career: 1997-Present
Stats: 858 G, 15.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Accolades: 1x NBA Champion

The journey to the NBA that Stephen Jackson took out of high school is probably not one recommended by most. He was an All-American at Oak Hill Academy in 1996, leading all scorers at that year's McDonalds All-American game and committing to the University of Arizona. He was ruled ineligible, though, and attended a semester of community college without playing basketball instead. He was drafted by the Suns in the second round of the 1997 Draft, but never played a game for the team as he traveled to the CBA, Australian, Venezuelan, and Dominican leagues before finally latching on with the Nets in 2000.