Troy “Escalade” Jackson was an American streetball player known for his exceptional skills, charismatic personality, and large stature. Here’s everything you need to know about him:
Early Life and Background:
Troy Jackson was born on May 1, 1976, in Queens, New York City, United States. He was the son of former NBA player Charles “Charlie” Jackson. Troy was nicknamed “Escalade” due to his large build, standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 400 pounds.
Escalade rose to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a standout player in the world of streetball. He gained widespread recognition for his unique combination of size, agility, and ball-handling skills, which were impressive for a player of his stature. He became a crowd favorite and developed a cult following for his entertaining style of play.
AND1 Mixtape Tour:
Escalade’s biggest claim to fame came through his association with the AND1 Mixtape Tour, a traveling exhibition basketball team that showcased streetball talent around the world. The tour gained significant popularity through its mixtapes and TV series, and Escalade quickly became one of its most recognizable and beloved players. His charismatic personality and entertaining playing style made him a fan favorite.
In addition to the AND1 Mixtape Tour, Escalade made appearances on various television shows, including ESPN’s “Streetball” series and MTV’s “Made.” These appearances further boosted his visibility and helped him garner a wider fan base.
While streetball was his primary platform, Escalade also played organized basketball at various levels. He competed in the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) streetball tournament held at Rucker Park in New York City. He also played professionally overseas in leagues such as the United Kingdom’s British Basketball League (BBL) and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
He never played in the NBA.
Personal Life and Passing:
Tragically, Troy “Escalade” Jackson passed away on February 20, 2011, at the age of 35. The cause of his death was reported as heart-related. His untimely demise was a shock to his fans and the streetball community, as he was known for his vibrant personality and love for the game.
Troy “Escalade” Jackson left an indelible mark on the world of streetball with his exceptional skills, engaging personality, and larger-than-life presence. He will always be remembered as one of the most iconic figures in the history of street basketball.