This round of Five Questions is with Arianna Jackson. Arianna is a 2023 Iowa State commit who played club basketball with one of regions top teams: All Iowa Attack 2023 EYBL. In high school Jackson attends State Tournament entrant from last season Des Moines Roosevelt. Thanks for your time Arianna!
1) You just wrapped up your season with one of the top Club Programs in the country, All Iowa Attack 2023 EYBL, including back to back Championship at Meltdown and Summer Finale to end the season. What were some of your favorite memories from this past Club season with Attack?
One of my favorite memories this past season was just hanging in the hotel with my teammates! We would always be hanging in someone’s room, having dinner, or making TikTok’s. It was just a lot of fun hanging and being around them. Another memory was after a disappointing loss in the first game in Chicago, our team was able to come together to win out our last two tournaments!
2) You've had a great career with All Iowa Attack over the last few years, what were some of your favorite places to play and travel with your teammates?
My favorite place to play was Peach Jam in Georgia. The whole experience was just overall amazing and then to win a national championship just added to that. It was especially cool because we were able to see players like Lebron and Kyrie watching some of the games!
3) You made a pretty early decision to commit to Iowa State, who will likely be a Top 10 program heading into this season. What drew you to Ames and your decision to become a Cyclone?
The thing that drew me to become a Cyclone was just the family atmosphere. In Ames, it truly is a family because the fan support is unreal and there is so much love for everything that happens there. Also, having my parents and my brother both go there before me, I had already had Cardinal and Gold in my blood!
4) You're coming off a 20 win season and State Quarterfinal
appearance with Des Moines Roosevelt. Although you lost some very good players to graduation, what are the goals for this years team and what do you need to bring as the returning leading scorer going into your Senior season?
We graduated 10 seniors, so we will have a very young team. Our primary goal is to win our conference and qualify for state again! For me, I want to leave this program better than when I came so Roosevelt Girls Basketball has a bright future!
5) As one of the best players in Iowa and the fact you're remaining in the state for college you will be looked up to be many young players in Iowa. What is one piece of advice you'd give to the younger players as they pursue their dreams to play college basketball?
One piece of advice I would give to younger players is just to stick with it. Nothing ever comes easy so you have to keep working until you reach your goals. It takes a lot of time, practice, and energy to become great at something so whatever it takes just keep working!