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Washington Wizards Sign Cedric Jackson from the Erie BayHawks

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Cedric Jackson has been called up from the D-League to the Washington Wizards according to sources close to the situation. 

Jackson, a 6-foot-3 point guard out of Cleveland State University, was averaging 16.4 points, 7.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds for the Erie BayHawks in between call ups with both the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs this season. I would assume that he is essentially taking the place of Wizards guard Randy Foye since it was recently announced that he is out for the season with an injured left wrist

Jackson will be the third D-League player called up to the Wizards following in the steps of Alonzo Gee, since signed with the San Antonio Spurs, and Cartier Martin, a forward signed yesterday to replace Gee.

Though Jackson's averages look great from the point guard position, his percentages - 43% from the field, 27% from beyond the arc - are what make me not totally sold on him as an NBA point guard at this stage of his career.  The other issue I have with Jackson is that he seems to have more of slashing and scoring mentality than what I'd prefer out of a point guard, but on a team that employs Gilbert Arenas to run the point, that probably isn't a problem.  He is excellent on defense, however, leaving the 24-year-old rookie a decent amount of upside heading into the future.

Since that seems a bit negative, it's only because I think there were better point guards available.  Both Mustafa Shakur and Will Conroy were ranked higher on my big board of NBA call-up possibilities.  For a full list of point guards in the D-League, refer to my post yesterday on suggestions for the Sacramento Kings.

For highlights of Jackson earlier in the season, the NBA put together a short package for his Cleveland call up.