RICKEA JACKSON: A Brief Biography

RICKEA JACKSON (Source: Instagram handle of Rickea Jackson (@r.ickea))

Rickea Jackson was born on March 16, 2001, hailing from Detroit, Michigan, U.S. and she is 23 years of age as of June 2024. She is a professional American Basketball player, and the fourth overall pick in the 2024 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks via Seattle Storm on April 15, 2024. She is a small forward position player. Her teammates call her “Kea” or “RJ”. Earlier, she played for the colleges - Mississippi State Bulldogs (2019-2022) and Tennessee University (2022-2024).

Jackson’s most impactful performance as of July 2024 was against Team USA on November 5, 2023. She scored a game-high 15 points on 53.6% true shooting while playing about as many minutes as Sabrina Ionescu, Kahleah Copper, Brittney Griner and Betnijah Laney.

Rickea Jackson Personal Information

NameRickea Velece Jackson
Age23 years (as of July 2024)
DOBMarch 16, 2001
Mother NameCaryn Jackson
Father nameRickey Jackson
ProfessionAmerican Professional Basketball Player
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m )
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
EducationHigh School- Detroit Edison Public School (Detroit, Michigan)College- Mississippi State (2019–2022)Tennessee University (2022–2024)
Relationship StatusSingle

Rickea Jackson’s Early Life

Rickea Jackson, a native of Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S., played basketball for Detroit Edison Public School in Detroit and led it to consecutive Class C Championships in 2018. She earned the prestigious Michigan Miss Basketball honor and was selected to the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.

Jackson went to Mississippi State for her studies in 2019 and earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) and All-Freshman honor as a freshman. In the 2019-2020 season, Jackson won the Gillom Trophy representing Mississippi State. In 2022, Jackson entered the transfer portal and transferred to Tennessee University. In 2023, she played in the Southeastern Women’s Basketball Tournament and scored a senior season-high 34 points to win against Kentucky.

She was the fourth consecutive Tennessee Lady Vols. Her collegiate journey extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing her to return for a fifth season journey with the Tennessee Lady Vols. Jackson represented the United States along with her Mississippi State teammates at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Italy and won the silver medal. She secured a gold medal in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Mongolia and a silver medal in the 2023 FIBA Women’s Americup in Mexico

Her college basketball career ended with total games played 127 started 106 of them, a 3-point percentage of 30.9, a rebound per game is 6.1, a field goal percentage is 47.9, and assists per game is 1.6.

Rickea Jackson’s Personal Life and Family Background

Rickea Jackson was born to parents Caryn Jackson and Rickey Jackson. She has three brothers Rickey Jackson Jr., Ryon Jackson, and Jordan Anderson. Jackson’s mother played basketball at Kansas and their brother, Rickey, played basketball at Adrian College. She had locally volunteered with the Brown Bread Project as a student leader who helped to organise and provide meals to the homeless.

Rickea Jackson’s Social Media

Jackson’s Instagram handle is (@r.ickea), her X account is (@iamthathooper) and her TikTok account is (@keajackson5).

Rickea Jackson Brand Ambassador

Benz Mercedes of Knoxville had signed a NIL (new name, image and likeness) deal with Jackson in 2023, Lady Vols Boost (Her) Club in around 2019 and Onit Athlete. She has recently teamed up with brands like Ulta Beauty, Honey Stinger, Burtsbees, Heydude, Togethxr, Optimum Nutrition, WNBA store, and Wilson Basketball. She was seen promoting Glossier and Mielle Organics.

Rickea Jackson’s Career Stats

As of July 2024, Rickea Jackson’s Career Stats are mentioned below :



Rickea Jackson’s Achievements

  • 2x First Team All-SEC (2023-2024)

  • Second Time All-SEC (2020)

  • SEC All-Freshman Team (2020)

  • Michigan Miss Basketball (2019)

  • McDonald's All American (2019)

  • Gillom Trophy as women’s college player at Mississippi State (2019-2020)

  • Won Silver medal in the 2019 Summer Universiade in Italy

  • Won Silver medal in 2023 FIBA Women’s AmeriCup in Mexico

  • Won gold medal at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Mongolia

Rickea Jackson’s Contract

On April 15, 2024, Rickea Jackson was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks at round 1 overall pick 4. On April 19, 2024, Jackson signed a four-year $338,056 contract with the team, i.e., from 2024 to 2027. Her average annual salary as of July 2024 is $ 76,535 and it is expected to increase to approximately $78,066 in 2025, $85,873in 2026 and $97,582 in 2027.

Rickea Jackson’s Diet

Rickea Jackson has not mentioned any specific details about her diet as of July 2024.

In an interview with Tennessee Athletics on YouTube, Jackson disclosed that she loves strawberry and vanilla ice cream and in another interview with Maria M.Cornelius, she disclosed that her favourite food as a child was tilapia with hot sauce and her favourite food now is steak with broccoli with mashed potatoes as her go-to food.

Rickea Jackson’s Car

Rickea Jackson owns a 2022 Mercedes Benz CLA250. Not much else is known about her car collection as of July 2024.


A. Rickea Jackson has two dogs - Chanel & Fendy.

A. Rickea Jackson hasn’t disclosed about her boyfriend in any social media platform or interview. She is single as of June 2024.

A.  Rickea Jackson’s jersey number is 2.

A. Rickea Jackson injured her right lower leg on Nov 9 2023 while playing against No.13 Florida State but she got better after resting for approximately 40 days. 

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