Jet's first memory of basketball goes back a while. "I was four years-old, and for Christmas, I was given a small goal to play on, my parents gave me a basketball, and I fell in love,” he says. “That was by far one of my most treasured presents given to me as a child."
Jet took that love of basketball throughout his childhood years and Christchurch High School in Saluda, Va., where he competed in several sports, not only in basketball – where he was an all-conference and all-state honoree – but also in football, soccer, track, baseball, crew, and golf.
The Raleigh, N.C., native returned to his home state to play college basketball at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where, despite being just 6-3, he became the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots and third on the all-time shot-blocking list in conference history. His senior season, Jet helped lead the Bulldogs to the Big South Conference title and the school’s second appearance and victory ever in the NCAA tournament.
The fun wouldn’t stop there. Jet was invited to the prestigious College Slam Dunk Championship at the 2011 Final Four, where he finished second. Jet capped off his college experience by earning a degree in Business Management.
Jet joins an esteemed list of Globetrotter dunking sensations, and an even shorter list of those that have broken backboards as Globetrotters. Jet and teammate Stretch Middleton each shattered a backboard on dunks in the same game in Ecuador late in 2012.
Fishing and golf are two things Jet does to relax. He’s lucky; for many people, playing golf stresses them out.