Troy Jackson: Streetballer Nicknamed "Escalade" Dies at 35
Troy "Escalade" Jackson, Louisville Basketball Fan Favorite, Dies
Troy Jackson, the brother of former NBA star Mark Jackson best known for his time on the AND1 Mixtape Tour, died in his sleep this past weekend at the age of 35.
The big man at 6'10" actually was close to the 500-pound mark in high school, yet that did not stop him from being a force in basketball. When he was accepted on to the University of Louisville's basketball team, he had to lose weight.
He played two seasons for Louisville at the 360-pound mark, averaging three points and 1.6 rebounds. After graduating from college, he gained fame as a streetball player, even appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2005.
As part of the AND1 Mixtape Streetball Tour, which he joined in 2002, he took on the nickname of Escalade as a reference to his Cadillac. There was no question that he was one of the most entertaining guys out there to watch, and he was well-loved in the streetball world.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackson and his family.
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