The Youngstown State women's basketball program has added its second Division I transfer this month as Ny'Dajah Jackson signed a grant-in-aid to become a Penguin, YSU head coach John Barnes announced on Monday.
Jackson, a 5-foot-5 guard from Oakland, Calif., who goes by the nickname Nana, played the previous two seasons at Providence College. She will have two years of eligibility remaining after she sits out the 2018-19 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
"Nana is a great addition to our program and fills a need we have on the perimeter," Barnes said. "She is a very athletic guard with the ability to get to the basket and shoot pull-ups, and she has 3-point range. Her ability to defend the basketball will help our defense get to the next level. She is very focused on the court and in the classroom, which is a great fit with the rest of our student-athletes."
Jackson played in 56 games and made four starts in her two seasons playing in the Big East Conference. She played in 29 games as a freshman when she averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. She posted a season-high 12 points against Creighton, and she grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds versus Seton Hall. As a sophomore, Jackson averaged 2.6 points while shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field. She added 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. Her best game came in a start at Sacred Heart when she went 5-for-5 from the field, scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
At Piedmont High School, Jackson was named the West Alameda County Conference Co-Player of the Year and to the Oakland Tribune/ANG News Group All-East Bay First Team as a senior. That season she averaged 24 points, eight rebound, six assists and four steals per game. She was a two-time first-team all-conference selection, and she also received awards for being the team MVP and the Piedmont Iron Man.