Jackson shines at Spiece

As usual Demetrius Jackson put on a show while playing for MBA Select at the Spiece Run N Slam.

Even though he is a top 50 player, Demetrius Jackson from Mishawka (Ind.) Marian has managed to fly somewhat below the radar of many. After taking the SAT on Saturday morning, Jackson made the drive to Ft. Wayne where he put on a show at the Spiece Run N Slam.

It has been a big year for Jackson. He pulled in numerous high-major offers, and then also led his high school team to heights they haven't seen in a while.

"It was a solid season for us," said Jackson. "We broke a lot of records and made it to our first regional ever. It was just a good step for us as a program. With a group of hard working kids we took it far."

Recruiting wise he says things are going well, and instead of his list getting shorter, it is actually getting a little bit longer.

"The schools who have offered me are Florida State, Xavier, Butler, Notre Dame, and Michigan State," said Jackson. "Illinois has been in touch a lot, but they haven't offered. Right now those schools are the main ones communicating and talking to me. I had a couple of them come down this past weekend for our exposure tournament. It has been a true blessing to be recruited by all the coaches."

One of the new schools involved is Illinois. The Fighting Illini now have a new staff firmly in place, and they have picked things up and are trying to get Jackson down on a visit.

"I talked to Coach (John) Groce and Coach (Jamall) Walker when they were at Ohio, so I knew them and who they were," said Jackson. "Now that they are at a new program they are trying to get me down there. I know it is a new environment and a new setting so they are trying to get me down there to get me informed about the school."

A school that has been with Jackson for a long time is Notre Dame. The Notre Dame campus is only minutes for Jackson's house, and the location and familiarity with the staff is important to him.

"They are a great program and a great academic school," said Jackson. "It is just a great all-around school. It is a true blessing to have them recruit me. It is nice having them right down the street. I am not really a person who likes to sit in the car for a long time, so it is nice to be able to drive myself up the road and visit."

Also the Michigan State Spartans have put in a lot of work in this recruitment. The Spartan staff tracked Jackson during April, and he likes the way the program wins.

"They have great players and great coaches who find a way to win," explained Jackson of Michigan State. "I really admire that about their school. It is just a great school."

At one time it looked like Jackson was going to make his decision during the month of December, but he says after talking things over it wasn't the move to make.

"Just talking with my family friends, friends, family, and coaches it kind of influenced me to wait it out a little bit longer and focus on my high school season and winning games," explained Jackson. "It really did help, because after Christmas we only lost I think one or two games. It was good we won 22 games, and it helped not having to deal with a stressful decision and just being allowed to go out and play."

Now Jackson is saying that it still might be several months before he decides to do anything officially.

"I want to make a decision before my senior basketball season starts," Jackson explained.

For the No. 41 prospect in the country, there is no doubt that he will have coaches following him all July hoping to land that commitment.

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