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Four Star JUCO Forward Signs with the Rams

The Rams fill up their roster with the addition of the highly touted junior college forward Kimani Jackson out of New Mexico Junior College.

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The Colorado State Rams have to replace one of the most productive players in school history with the graduation of J.J. Avila. With a lack of depth at the forward position for the 2015-2016 season, head coach Larry Eustachy has had his eyes on junior college forward Kimani Jackson for a long time. Rated as a four star product and one of the best JUCO players in the country, according to 24-7 Sports, the 6' 8" forward out of New Mexico Junior College pledged to play for the Rams over offers from Fresno State and Old Dominion.

Looking at the 2015-2016 roster, it is clear why Eustachy and his staff had their eye on the JUCO big man. The Rams return just two starters from a year ago, losing a pair of starters in the frontcourt in Avila and Stanton Kidd. With the addition of Jackson, as well as another junior college forward in Emmanuel Omogbo, Colorado State is beginning to build some depth. With the lack of a true center on the team, it is unknown how the Rams plan on using Jackson and Omogbo, but the new junior college forwards will certainly be competing for a starting role, while the other can expect to play a major role as the first or second man off the bench.

After one year of basketball at New Mexico Junior College, Jackson averaged eight points per game while coming down with 5.8 rebounds per game. He comes to Colorado State with three years of eligibility. The addition of Jackson to the Ram's roster marks the final scholarship the team has to offer for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.