While some braced for the end of the world Thursday, Gonzaga’s Matt Jackson put plans in motion for his new life at basketball’s next level. The senior forward committed to Dickinson College, choosing the Red Devils over offers from Middlebury, Catholic and Randolph Macon.

“It came down to finding the best place for me to succeed academically and athletically,” Jackson said. “I had looked at some schools higher in the Division III rankings and thought about walking on at some bigger schools, but with Dickinson’s curriculum and athletic program, I felt it would set me up best for my future.”

Jackson, who is averaging 7.2 points for No. 2 Gonzaga (4-1), is known for his versatile play, using his 6-foot-6 frame to battle inside and a feathery touch to knock down mid-range jumpers.

“He has a tremendous IQ and Dickinson is getting a guy who works hard, is a leader on the court and can do a lot of different things on the court,” Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said.

Jackson is the third Gonzaga senior to commit to a college basketball program this year, joining Kris Jenkins (Villanova) and Tavon Blackmon (Brown).

Officially committed to Dickinson college!!

— Matt Jackson (@InfamousBFG) December 21, 2012

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