UNLV impressing Jackson-Cartwright

One of the top point guards out west, Parker Jackson-Cartwright is off to a big start to his sophomore season. In his recruitment, one school has stood out to him recently.

One of the top point guard prospects on the West Coast, regardless of class, is 5-foot-7, 145-pound Los Angeles Loyola's Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

The 2014 prospect picked up early offers from UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Washington, Saint John's and San Diego State, but recently another program has made a bit of a push for him.

"I recently saw UNLV play; I watched them beat North Carolina on TV and I just loved the way they play," Jackson-Cartwright said. "I think their system fits me a lot. I was just so surprised by the way they played. Their coach has come to my practices and we've talked a lot."

Jackson-Cartwright has heard plenty from the local Pac-12 programs.

"UCLA is always there and so is USC," he said. " A legendary coach like (Ben Howland), his presence is always welcome. It's always good to see him. USC always shows me support and I have a good relationship with their coaches. I really appreciate the USC coaches and what they've done."

The point guard isn't enamored with the attention which comes from recruiting, which could play a role in his timetable.

"I'm enjoying it but it gets stressful at times," Jackson-Cartwright said. "It can put a lot of pressure at times. It's good, it's fun, I enjoy it but I can't wait until it's over with."

On the court, Jackson-Cartwright was named MVP of the Redondo Union Pacific Shores Tournament, which tipped off the season for Loyola.

He's happy with how his game is coming along.

"I'm playing pretty well," he said. "I've been working on a lot of things that I want to improve on. I'm feeling good, I'm in better shape this year and with the people around me I can do a lot more things.

"I've improved a lot since last summer. Mentally, physically and as a player. I'm doing things I couldn't do last year. I'm going to keep improving and I'll always have things to work on but I think I've improved a lot."

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