Escalade is dead. You know him from being the huge bigman on the AND1 Mixtape Tour. He died in Los Angeles while in town for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Escalade’s real name is Troy Jackson and he’s the younger brother of Mark Jackson, the former star point guard who now calls games for ABC next to Jeff Van Gundy.
Always bigger than life, Escalade was 500 pounds in high school. After losing some weight, Escalade played college basketball at Louisville. However, he truly became a star on the AND1 Mixtape Tour. His combination of size and basketball talent amazed basketball fans around the globe.
Escalade was only 35 years old.