By Bryan Metcalf, SacStateSports.com Staff Writer
For the second time in three months, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team has lost a player because of personal reasons.
Guard/forward Walter Jackson left the team prior to their conference-opener against Northern Arizona. According to a team spokesman, Jackson’s departure went unreported in the hopes of maintaining a competitive edge over the Lumberjacks.
Hornets Coach Brian Katz said Jackson came to him about two minutes before practice Dec. 26 and told him he “didn’t want to play basketball anymore.”
Despite the loss of one of most athletic players for Sac State (5-7, 0-1) , Katz said he wasn’t concerned because of the recent return of Jackson Carbajal.
“Jackson is athletic,” Katz said. “He does some things Walt didn’t do and some things he did do like go hard to the boards. It’s ironic the moment we lose Walter we get Jackson back.”
Carbajal had been sidelined with a knee injury sustained in the season-opener victory over Menlo. He returned to practice Dec. 12. In his first game since the injury, Carbajal contributed 13 points and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench Thursday night.
Jackson is a redshirt senior who transferred to Sac State after two seasons at San Joaquin Delta College. The Stockton native was averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds, playing 22.9 minutes per game. He appeared in all of the Hornets first 11 games, starting in seven.
Jackson is the second player to leave the team for personal reasons. Anthony Cosentino left at the end of October without a word to anyone.
Bryan Metcalf is a staff writer for SacStateSports.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.