MISENHEIMER, NC – Pfeiffer University men’s head basketball coach Jeremy Currier has announced the signing of Nigel Jackson and Rob Folk to National Letters of Intent. The duo will help beef up the paint as they stand 6-9 and 6-11 respectively.
“These two young men are an excellent beginning to our recruiting class,” said Currier. “We are looking forward to them becoming part of the Pfeiffer community next fall.”
Jackson, a 6-9 forward from Fayetteville, GA, played at Central Georgia Technical College in 2013-14. While at Central Georgia, Jackson played a critical role for the Titans in the most successful season in program history under head coach Reco Dawson. Central Georgia earned a trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas after winning a school record 21 games. Jackson was instrumental in the Titans being ranked nationally in blocked shots, rebounds per game, and offensive rebounding.
“Nigel will be a great addition for Pfeiffer,” said Dawson. “His versatility and ability to play multiple positions will translate well to their system.”
Jackson, a standout for head coach Cabral Huff at Saint Francis School, was awarded the 2012 Naismith Awards Flourish Scholarship. The Naismith Award is presented by Newell Rubbermaid to reward high school student-athletes who excels academically, athletically, and in the community. Jackson left Saint Francis in 2012 holding school records in shots blocked for career, shots blocked in a game and rebounds in a game. Jackson was second in career rebounds, third in rebounds in a season, and ranks as the ninth all-time leading scorer in program history.
A First Team 5A All-Region Selection and First Team GACA All-State Selection as a senior, Jackson earned a spot on the AJC All Metro Team and Neighborhood Hoops Superlatives Team. In 2012, Jackson was ranked 40th in the GeorgiaHoops.com Top 50 in Georgia and in the Top 100 in the Class of 2012 by GeorgiaBallin.com.
Currier on Jackson: "We are so excited to welcome Nigel into the Pfeiffer University family. Nigel is a tremendous young man with a lot of personality and comes from a great family. On the court, he brings great size and athleticism and provides the talent and versatility to play multiple positions for us. He is a highly competitive kid that has unlimited potential."
Folk is a 6-11, 300 pound center from Washington, D.C. Last season at Cape Fear Community College he
helped lead the Sea Devils to a 19-14 record, a national ranking of No. 24 in NJCAA Division I, and a trip to the National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. Cape Fear has been one of the most consistent and successful program in the region, having won three Region X Championships in the last 5 years.
"Pfeiffer signed a great young man in Rob Folk,” said Cape Fear Community College head coach Ryan Mantlo. “He will be a tremendous ambassador to the program and has a chance to be a special player for the Falcons. Coach Currier did a tremendous job in the recruiting process and I am excited to see Rob chose Pfeiffer.”
Prior to Cape Fear Community College, Folk played high school ball for Friendship Academy under head coach Clinton Crouch.
"Defensively, he is already coming on. Robert can block shots, rebound, and fill up the lane," Crouch said. "He is a big kid who likes to play big, play tough inside. He can definitely be a force inside, especially on defense. He likes to play tough and he'll do the things inside that you need.”
Currier on Folk: “Rob Folk is a big-bodied center, standing at 6'11", 300 pounds. His excellent footwork and smarts keep him competitive on the defensive end. Offensively, Rob has the presence and the body to gain a positional advantage on his opponents. Rob will work nicely with returning Conference Carolinas top shot blocker 6’11’’ Silvere Aluko.