A pioneer of AAU girl’s basketball in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Marques Jackson, 46, passed Sunday morning after suffering from a heart attack. Coaches and players began tweeting thoughts of sadness and heartbreak Sunday afternoon as the news broke across the women’s basketball spectrum.
Jackson, the father of New York Liberty forward and former Texas standout Tiffany Jackson, was known all-around the nation for his unselfish dedication to the development of girl’s basketball and unwavering support of his players.
The club team he helped found, DFW Elite, rose to the top echelon of girl’s club basketball in the nation in just seven years. Its alumnae include: Brittney Griner, Destini Hughes, Cokie Reed, Brooklyn Pope, Tierra Rogers, Kathleen Nash, Kristen Nash, Brittainy Raven, Jordan Madden, Takia Starks and many more.
Next season’s college freshman include: Tiffany Moore (Texas), Akil Simpson (Southern Methodist), Kelsi Baker (Texas Tech) and the nation’s top point guard Odyssey Sims (Baylor). Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey’s daughter Makenzie, who will join the Lady Bears next season, played on the DFW Elite T-Jack squad alongside Sims, Simpson, Madden and Moore.
Funeral arrangements for Jackson will be announced on the DFW Elite website: dfwelitebasketball.com.