Sun Devils pursuing 2011 Ohio point guard

One of the latest offers the Sun Devil basketball team has extended is to Traevon Jackson. The 2011 Ohio guard, son of former NBA player Jim Jackson has been receiving local interest early in the recruiting process. However, his offer from ASU not only signifies his first offer from the Western region but also the most significant one to date.

"The fact that Arizona State came all the way to Ohio to recruit me means a lot," said the 6-2 205 Traevon Jackson. I have an uncle that lives ten minutes from the school and I have family that lives in that area too. I go west a lot so I kind of know about them. I stayed in Scottsdale before and I really like the weather. My dad told me it's a good school and he would really like to visit with me over there.

"I followed them a lot last year. I really like their point guard (Derek Glasser), they had a big man that was really good (Jeff Pendergraph) and obviously they had James Harden. I really like their style because their point guard pushes the ball a lot. Coach Sendek is coach that obviously knows how to win."

Arizona State Assistant Coach Scott Pera is recruiting the Ohio guard. Jackson said that Pera's recommendation of him led to Coach Sendek offering him a scholarship over the phone. "I was very excited," Jackson admitted, "because that is a big school."

Prior to the Sun Devil offer many schools in the Buckeye state offered Jackson such as Akron and Miami (Ohio). Dayton and Wisconsin are schools that Jackson recently visited unofficially and could offer him a scholarship in the near future.

"I'm planning to visit Arizona State before my season starts," Jackson noted. "It's going to be hard to visit them during the season, but if I can't visit them before the season I will definitely visit them after the season."

Jackson plays for Westerville-South High School and the All-Ohio Red AAU club. "I'm a good ball handler, but I can always get better at that," Jackson said of his skills. "I can get tighter and quicker with that. I've gotten a lot better with my shooting but I want to get more consistent. I want to be a better leader on the team. Encouraging my teammates."

The guard averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds and seven assists a game in his sophomore year.

"I've had a real good summer playing in a lot of tournaments," Jackson stated. "That's when I really got noticed and my recruiting took off."

Jackson plans to major in Business and having a school with a strong reputation in that field in important to him. "I want to play point guard because that's the position I know I need to play at in the next level," Jackson commented. "Coach Sendek and Coach Pera already talked to me about this and that's also the position they want me as. That's big for me because that's the position where I prefer to play."


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