Luke Jackson Earns Third GATORADE Call-Up of Season

NEW YORK – DEC. 12, 2007 – The Miami HEAT today signed Idaho Stampede free agent Luke Jackson. He is the third GATORADE Call-Up from the NBA Development League this season.

The 6-7, 215-pound swingman appeared in one game this season for the Stampede before receiving the Gatorade Call-Up, finishing with 30 points, nine assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Dec. 4. Last season, the former University of Oregon standout played 23 games for Idaho, including 16 starts and averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds while shooting 48.0 percent from the field.

“I had a good experience in Idaho. It’s well scouted by NBA teams and they know I can play,” said Jackson.

Jackson was a first round pick (10th overall) in the 2004 NBA Draft and has played in 59 NBA regular season games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors. He has posted career averages of 2.9 points, 0.9 rebounds and has hit 35.6 percent of his three point field goal attempts.

The Eugene, Ore. native finished his four-year collegiate career as one of only two players in Pac-10 history to accumulate more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists while becoming the only player in Oregon history to rank in the Top 10 in nine categories: free throws made (first), scoring (second), steals (third), free throw percentage (third), assists (fourth), field goals made (fourth), three-point field goals made (sixth), three-point percentage (seventh) and rebounding (seventh).

To make room for Jackson on the HEAT roster, the team requested waivers on veteran Penny Hardaway.