The adjustable hoop in the driveway was purchased by Andre Jackson Sr. and has taken a beating over the years from Andre Jackson Jr. but it still stands, a resilient centerpiece to a setting that shaped the childhood of the most interesting player — and person — on the UConn men’s basketball team.
“That’s where I learned to dunk,” Jackson Jr., the Huskies sophomore, said. “I would lower that hoop and dunk and keep raising it until I couldn’t dunk anymore. My dad would hide the crank because he didn’t want me to put the hoop down, but I always wanted to dunk. So me and my brother would get a screwdriver and stick it through the little hole, find different ways to lower the hoop. It’s a little rusty. It’s been through some WD-40. It’s been through a lot.”