Jackson continues to emerge

Four-star class of 2013 guard Demetrius Jackson is someone who is primed for a big time junior season.

In the state of Indiana there is talent located all over. While most of it comes from the Indianapolis area, Demetrius Jackson out of Mishawaka Marian is now emerging as one of the best. The 6-foot-1 guard is off to a great start to his junior season and now his stock is soaring.

A combo guard who every day is improving his point skills, Jackson is the type of strong athlete that coaches love at the position. According to Marian head coach Robb Berger, Jackson's improvements have come as his physique has improved.

"I think the biggest thing is he has gotten a lot stronger," said Berger. "The way he plays he takes a pounding, and that extra strength allows him to have better stamina, and his outside shot has also improved this year."

With his improvement has come more and more recruiting interest. Still the main offers for Jackson are Michigan State, Notre Dame, Butler, and Xavier. He has been to all four schools with his most recent visits being to East Lansing and South Bend.

"On the Michigan State visit it was a great visit," said Jackson. "I got a great vibe and there was great enthusiasm and energy in the whole Michigan State area. It was just a great time and I really enjoyed being in East Lansing."

About Notre Dame, he said, "Notre Dame was also a great visit. They have great fan support. I am real familiar with Notre Dame because it is so close, and I just appreciate the way they have recruited me."

At the moment Jackson doesn't have any other visits planned, though he didn't rule out the possibility of making any other trips.

When it comes to a decision, Jackson admits that it is on his mind, but right now no specific timetable is in place.

"It is kind of tough balancing everything with schoolwork and basketball," said Jackson. "Right now my team and school is my priority, but at the same time I am also thinking about the decision. It goes through my mind every day. There isn't a day that I don't think about it, but at the same time I am just trying to handle my business."

While there is no timeline for his commitment, judging by the schools involved Jackson won't have to resurrect any program he chooses. However for his high school coach, Jackson has made all the difference in the world.

"He doesn't let us take a day off," said Berger. "Whether it is practice, a game, or an open gym he just competes. That has made us all better. He has basically turned around our program. This is a program that has had about 12 years in a row of 6-20 seasons, and we won 16 last year, and we are now 3-1 this year. We have some other players, but he has turned around a very dead program."

That in and of itself is the reason Jackson already checks in as the No.84 ranked player in the country and in line for a bump in the rankings.

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