Albert Jackson is in the Dominican Republic this weekend, playing with a team from Score International (see www.scoreinternational.org). Besides Jackson, players from Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are on the 9-player squad.
The Score International group will begin the day with ministry activities, including delivering food to the poor and visiting orphanages. During the evening, Jackson and Score International will compete on the court. Opposing them will be many talented players from the Dominican Republic, including Al Horford and Francisco Garcia.
For the sake of reference, Al Horford was a starter with Florida's two national championship teams and runner-up for the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year. He scored 10 points with 10 rebounds per game this past year. Francisco Garcia is a current NBA player with the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 12 points and 3 rebounds in the 2007/2008 season. Garcia starred at Louisville for Coach Rick Pitino's team, and led the team to the 2005 Final Four.
Horford and Garcia will be playing on the Dominican Republic's Blue Team (the Dominican team is divided into a blue team and a white team). Joining them and competing for the blue squad will be none other than former UGA recruit and Milledgeville native, Larry Turner, who has applied for citizenship.
Needless to say, the competition in the post will be intense. Al Horford is a rising star in the NBA and Larry Turner is a big physical player at 6' 11", 260 pounds. The basketball playing time and the life experience for Albert Jackson will be unforgettable.