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Despite being an intricate part of the Fab Five's success, Ray Jackson never went on to stardom in the NBA like some of the others from the Michigan Wolverines' fabled 1991 recruiting class. In fact, Jackson did not play a single game of professional basketball outside of the Continental Basketball Association.
Jackson, who stayed at Michigan all four years with Jimmy King before turning pro, tried out for the New York Knicks in 1995 and the Detroit Pistons in 1996 before being cut by both teams.
The 6'6", 220-pounder played one season with the Grand Rapids Hoops in 1995-96 and won the CBA rookie of the year award, but Jackson never wound up on an NBA roster, which led to him pursuing other opportunities outside of professional basketball.
"I was never jealous of the other guys," Jackson told LZ Granderson of ESPN.com last year. "I just wanted the opportunity to show what I could do. I played in the CBA, I played overseas I did all I could to try to get in the NBA, and it just wasn't meant to be."
The Austin, Texas native has since returned home and currently runs a non-profit organization known as Ray Jackson's Rising Stars. Jackson founded the company in 2005 with his childhood friend Kevin Robinson.
The goal of the Rising Stars is to "provide social, educational, and recreational opportunities for children from diverse backgrounds so they may become contributing members of their families and communities."