Hoops Prospect to Be Mid-Week Visitor to AU

Another report on Auburn basketball recruiting is featured.

Panama City, Fla.--Juco basketball point guard recruit David Jackson will be on the Auburn campus Tuesday and Wednesday for an official visit.

The six-foot-two, 195-pounder visited Auburn unofficially last fall during a football game weekend. He says that he hopes to have a decision on his college choice not long after his visit to Auburn.

"I have narrowed it to two colleges," says Jackson, who had four colleges on his short list last week. "I am going to sign with either Auburn or Penn State." He had previously considered both West Virginia and St. Bonaventure.

A native of Maryland, where he played at Beltsville High before going to junior college in Florida, Jackson led an 18-10 Gulf Coast Community College team in scoring at 18.2 points per game. He also averaged 6.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals per contest.

David Jackson

"I would say my jump shot is the best part of the game along with my knowledge of the game," Jackson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Gulf Coast Community College coach Ken Hatfield says that the guard works overtime on all aspects of basketball. Jackson says he believes that gives him an edge.

"I have a real good knowledge of the game and I believe I understand a lot of things that some other players don't," he says. "I guess you could say that I am a mature player."

Commenting on his two finalists, Jackson says, "I have basically decided to choose between two schools--Auburn and Penn State. I have already visited Penn State and I am coming to visit Auburn on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"They both present a great opportunity for me to come in and play immediately. That is important to me because I am a junior college player and I only have two seasons left.

"Both coaching staffs are excellent and I believe they really know what they are doing," Jackson adds. "I believe both of the staffs are going to make their programs much better. As much as I want to win, I want to play for coaches who really want to win, too."

Jackson, who notes that he wants to earn a degree in business management, says he has made major strides in two years at GCCC. "I am a lot better basketball player," he says. "I have learned a lot. I am more aggressive as far as scoring. I play a little bit stronger and faster than I did when I was in high school."

Jackson hit a very impressive 55.3 percent of his 94 three-point shots as a sophomore. Overall, he made 53.1 of his field goals and hit 82.8 percent of his foul shots.

Auburn's first-year head basketball coach Jeff Lebo signed five high school seniors in November and said he would like to add a point guard in the spring period, which started on April 13th. Auburn's early signees are power forward Joey Cameron, forward Korvotney Barber, guard/forward Rasheem Barrett, guard Jarvis Hill and forward Josh Dollard.

Most of the top high school prospects signed in November. If Auburn does not sign Jackson or another juco point guard, Lebo may look overseas for a point guard or may consider a transfer from another program.

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