Jackson gets title, goes for another

With one title down, Justin Jackson will begin preparing for a second this week. The top 10 prospect talked with Scout.com about his recent state championship and his recruitment.

This past weekend Justin Jackson scored his first championship of the year.

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore wing prospect, led Spring (Tex.) Homeschool Christian Youth to a state title, behind his 20 points, six rebounds and five assists.

"We ended up winning the championship," Jackson said. "It felt like one of the first times we had the team together. We had a coaching change 15 games ago and since then we've become more of a team and more of a family."

"The coaching change helped a little bit more," he added. "Everybody is playing more freely and playing like they should be playing. Individually I feel like I can go out there and do what I feel like I can do, so it's going pretty well."

But there isn't much time for Jackson, who hit five of six threes in the title game, or his teammates to celebrate, as they'll hit the practice court this week to prepare for the national championship, which tips on March 19th in Springfield, Missouri.

"We were really excited, but then again we have nationals in March," he said. "We are trying to be really happy, but then again we have to turn around and get ready for nationals and try to repeat it."

Jackson, who is averaging 25 points and seven rebounds a game, said coaches have been in to see him throughout the season.

"Obviously me and my dad started making phone calls once a month just to try and keep in contact with the coaches," he said. "It's sort of, not really slowed down, but at the beginning of the year there were coaches coming to practice."

"There are a few coaches that I think are still trying to come to games and practices, so for the most part it's going pretty well," Jackson added.

Among the schools that have been to a practice or game this season are North Carolina, Ohio State, Washington, Baylor, Texas, Michigan, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgetown.

Jackson, a five-star prospect, currently has offers from Ohio State, Washington, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Baylor and Texas.

Jackson recently took a pair of recent unofficial visits.

"We took a visit to Ohio State, while we were in Ohio for a tournament," he said. "Then we went to Texas for a little visit. We went to the Texas/Texas Tech game."

At this point, Jackson doesn't have any other trips set up.

"We are trying to figure out a time," he said of potential visits. "We have about three weeks until nationals. I don't know if we are going to try to do anything then. I think we are going to try and do some in the summer, but we are trying to figure it out."

Jackson, who has schools recruiting him from all over the country, discussed location and was quick to say that it wouldn't factor into his decision-making.

"I don't think staying in Texas is a key priority," he said. "Right now it's just really open. I have no idea where I really want to go. Right now it's just really open."

Jackson is ranked No. 9 overall in the 2014 recruiting class.


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