Jackson talks visit and recruitment

As one of the top prospects in the 2014 class, Justin Jackson is a popular target for college coaches. The highly touted wing made use of his time in Ohio for the Flyin to the Hoop tournament to visit one of his top schools.

For Justin Jackson, who ranks as the No. 12 player in the 2014 class, his trip to Ohio for Flyin to the Hoop has been a busy one already. Spring (Tex.) HYCA is scheduled to play three games at the event, but before that got going he found time to make an unofficial visit.

HYCA has had a strong season. Playing a packed schedule, the team of home schooled stars has racked up wins, and continues to impress with their strong play.

"Team wise we started off well, but then we lost a few in a row that we should have won, but we are starting to get on the right path so we should be okay," said Jackson of the season.

When it comes to his own individual play, Jackson was a beast in team's opening day win. Jackson totaled 29 points and 15 rebounds, including the game winning bucket, in his team's two point overtime victory.

"As far as individually I am trying to get stronger and hopefully it will carry into the games," said Jackson. "I feel I have been playing pretty good, and I am just trying to lead by example."

Recruiting wise Jackson's list of schools is a long one and includes a group of very impressive programs.

"I just took an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Friday," noted Jackson. "Besides them, I have been in contact with North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, and a few others."

About his trip to Ohio State, Jackson said, "It was a good trip. We stayed there pretty much the whole day. I got to watch practice, took a tour of the dorms, and saw the campus. It was a real good visit."

The time in Ohio isn't new to Jackson. Jackson spent several years living in West Chester, and says he still knows people in the area.

"I was born in Texas and then we moved to Ohio, but all of my family is Texas," Jackson explained. "Me and my family still have friends in Ohio, but the family is in Texas."

Another school that has been recruiting Jackson very hard is North Carolina. The Tar Heels have remained in close contact with Jackson, and continue to build a relationship with him.

"I am just trying to stay in contact," he said of UNC. "They are still recruiting me and I am building a relationship with them, so we will continue to stay in contact."

For now Jackson is taking everything slow, but he does look for a few key things when evaluating a school.

"I just look for a place with genuine people, not people who are just trying to sell me on the school," said Jackson. "I am trying to build relationships with them. Obviously they have to be a good basketball program, but more so than anything I want to feel comfortable with the coaches."


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