Courtesy of Darien Jackson

Jackson Impressed With Arkansas Visit

Overaland Park, Kan., Blue Valley Northwest guard Darien Jackson (6-2, 175) talks about his Arkansas visit on Monday.

Arkansas’ basketball program hosted a combo guard on Monday with Overland Park, Kan., Blue Valley Northwest star Darien Jackson making his way to Fayetteville.

 Jackson (6-2, 175), who is playing AAU ball for KC Run GMC this summer, was pleased with what he found at Arkansas..

“I had a great visit,” Jackson said. “They have great facilities and I really liked being around the coaches and the players.”

He got a chance to see the Razorbacks’ athletic and academic facilities as well as watch the current Razorbacks work out. 

“They have a lot of athleticism and a lot of talent,” Jackson said. “You can tell they are going to be really good.” 

Jackson has offers from Kansas State, Tulsa, Weber State, Stephen F. Austin, Illinois State and Texas El-Paso while Arkansas, Nebraska and Creighton are among those that have shown interest. 

“I am looking for a place close to home,” Jackson said. “Arkansas is just three hours away I plan on coming back down there a few times. 

“They said they are going to be keeping up with me and hopefully I will get an offer later,” Jackson said.

Arkansas has a pair of 2017 commit in El Dorado center Daniel Gafford (6-10, 223) and Little Rock Mills forward Darious Hall (6-6, 215) while also host Little Rock Parkview guard Khalil Garland (6-6, 190) last week on an unofficial visit.

“Arkansas has a really good program and have got some great players there and some coming in,” Jackson said. “I am very interested in them.”

Jackson, averaging 12 points per game for KC Run GMC, pumped in 33 points in a 77-75 win over Philly Pride back in late April.

“I need to work on my ball handling, but I attack the basket really well,” Jackson said.

He has led his KC Run GMC team to a 9-3 mark while playing in the Under Armour Association circuit and the team has already qualified for the finals in Atlanta July 13-16.

“Our team is doing really good,” Jackson said. “We have already made the finals of Under Armour.”

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