Pangos Takeout: Vance Jackson

Among shooters both in the West and nationally, rising junior Vance Jackson looms as one of the most lethal.

College coaches have become increasingly fond of jump shooters with size, and 6-7 forward Vance Jackson bears the look of a definite high-major. He's already drawing interest from Pac-12 powers such as Arizona, UCLA, California, Stanford and others, and over the next year he can work to round out his game.

Jackson does one thing very well and various other things reasonably well. His foundation has been and likely will remain a feathery jump shot. He possesses range to 24 feet and looks comfortable from the corner, uncommon even among pure shooters. He deftly finds room on the perimeter and buries shot after shot to stretch defenses.

Even if Jackson never develops into an athletic dynamo, he'll enjoy opportunities with major conference programs based solely on his shooting. But he also appears to have a nice understanding of halfcourt offense — to the extent it's possible or advisable to assess that trait in a camp setting — and is a solid handler and passer.

My primary question pertains to his ultimate position. He doesn't possess great lateral quickness and, at 6-7, has the height to become a stretch four-man. His frame is solid and if he adds enough muscle to it, he may have no choice but to make the transition into the post. And if that happens, he'll need to become more physical and aggressive as a rebounder and defender.

Fortunately for him, nearly all collegiate programs now will accommodate a stretch four. In the past that role loomed as an oddity and specialty category, but no more. Jackson's position looms significant in terms of how college coaches like to assemble a given recruiting class, but his effectiveness and ultimate projection should largely remain unchanged even if he can't stay on the wing.

By way of comparison, his development and trajectory appear similar to that of 2015 forward D.J. Hogg from a year ago, and Hogg himself — who straddles the wing/stretch line — appears to have at least an outside shot of becoming a prep All-American next spring.

Jackson ranks No. 43 in the Class of 2016 and reinforced his lofty reputation at Pangos.


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