Former Arizona Wildcats point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright has signed with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League, the country’s highest level, the club announced Saturday.
It is essentially PJC’s first gig as a pro. He appeared in two games with the G League’s Westchester Knicks last season, but otherwise was sidelined with an injury.
“Parker is going to bring a lot to our team,” said Phoenix coach Ben Thomas. “Firstly he is an outright point guard with lightening pace, he will be able to control the tempo of the game for us which is something that we have been looking for this season.”
“He loves to defend and really put pressure on the opposition, again another quality which was high on our list of attributes when recruiting a PG. One of his main strengths though will be his ability to push the ball in transition, his creativity and with the athletes that he has around him will definitely result in some highlight plays for the Phoenix fans.”
Jackson-Cartwright appeared in 134 games in four seasons at Arizona (2014-2018), averaging 5.5 points and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 40.4 percent from 3. His 459 career assists rank in the top 10 in school history.
As a senior, the Los Angeles native averaged career-highs in points (7.8), assists (4.5), and steals (1.4). Jackson-Cartwright won 110 games at Arizona, tied with Matt Muehlebach for the second-most in program history.
The Phoenix went 17-16 last season. They play their home games at Cheshire Oaks Arena, which seats 1,400 fans.