"Where did he come from?"
Jason Daisy moved to Minneapolis with his family in the summer of 1990. The Daisy’s, with Mother Barbara and Father Samuel, brought the kids, Samuel Jr., Jason, and youngest brother, Justin, to the Twin Cities as part of Samuel Sr.’s work as a chemist in the pharmaceutical business.
Jason immediately took the Minneapolis City Conference and the Minnesota State High School League by storm. It was in his junior year (his first in a Minneapolis South jersey) where he joined Coach Craig Leseur and veteran players Steve Seawright, Jason Sims, and his best friend Jamil Graves. It was in his initial season with Minneapolis South; where he immediately became the Tiger’s go-to guy. As a junior, Jason averaged 22 points per game and led his team to runners-up in the region 5AAAA playoffs.
It was during his final prep season that Jason was able to separate himself from the rest of the players in the State of Minnesota. Not only did his electrifying dunks and smooth jumper excite the thousands of fans that filled the gym each night, he was also able to put the team on his shoulders and take the South Tigers to the MN State High School League Tournament after beating the heavily favored Roosevelt Teddies in the Region 5AAAA Championship.
Once Jason finished his high school career as one of the best players to ever play in the tradition rich Minneapolis City Conference, he decided to accept a full athletic scholarship to play at the University of Northern Iowa. At the time Brian Carpenter and Jason Sims were already there. Which maybe influenced J.D.'s decision a little to go to UNI. J.D.’s impact in the Missouri Valley Conference was immediate, as he was able to earn a starting role as a true freshman. Just as Jason did while playing at South High School, he was able to show Northern Iowa fans why he was regarded as a one of the nation’s best players as a prep. During his senior year Jason led the nation in points per game, while scoring an amazing 30 points a contest with names like Allen Iverson, Ray Allen and Bonzi Wells on the list just too name a few.
Once J.D’s college career came to an end, he was invited by the National Basketball Association to their pre-draft camps in Portsmouth Virginia and Chicago Illinois. J.D. accepted an invitation to the Portsmouth camp, where he had an impressive showing. Although Jason was not drafted by an NBA team that summer, many NBA teams expressed interest in signing him to a free agent deal. However, Jason and his agent decided that his best opportunity would be for Daisy to sign and play in Europe. Jason played his first professional season in Belgium, where he led his team in scoring and brought them deep into the playoffs.
Jason is the culmination of a fierce competitor, a tremendous athlete and has an unmatched work ethic, which makes him a bonafide Pro. There are few players that have the total package and Jason defiantly is one of those players. It's only fitting that he gives back the knowledge and wisdom he acquired on his journey of life, to our most prized possessions, our children. Currently Jason works in a Robbinsdale area School as an Educational Assistant and is the Assistant Basketball coach at his alma mater (South high school). In J D's spare time you can catch him teeing off at a local golf course and playing a few holes a week.
J D, out of any player that came out of the city, should have definitely been in the NBA league - the players that know him from the court know that more than anybody. His game will never be forgotten by the real players, and the students of the game will always keep his name alive.
J.D. is a Minneapolis Legend.