Jackson talks recruiting

Five-star forward Justin Jackson continues to add more schools to his recruitment with a strong showing this spring.

On the Houston Hoops 17 and under squad it is an embarrassment of riches on the wing. They are absolutely loaded there, and arguably the best of the bunch is Justin Jackson. The 6-foot-6 angular prospect is having an excellent spring, and the recruiting attention is beginning to pick up even more.

"The spring has been going pretty well," said Jackson. "We didn't play our best in Boo Williams, but individually I think I am playing pretty well."

The place where Jackson excels the most is in the mid-range. With his length and touch from 12-18 feet, Jackson is someone who creates havoc for defenses when using two dribbles. According to Jackson that mid-range game is something he has been working on from a young age.

"Ever since I was little my parents made me shoot inside," said Jackson. "They didn't let me shoot a three until I was strong enough. I just kept on working on my mid-range game and trying to perfect it."

A good student as well as a good basketball player, it is no surprise that his recruitment continues to be a busy one with more schools continually showing interest.

"I have been sort of in touch with everybody," said Jackson. "There hasn't been one school in touch more, but I try to make phone calls every week or so to try and make contact with them."

He continued, "I talked to Duke, Texas, Washington, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Georgetown quite a bit. Also there are a few more that I try and talk to."

Jackson has roots in the state of Ohio, having spent several years living in the Cincinnati area, and has made an unofficial visit to Ohio State. According to Jackson, he likes what the Buckeyes are saying right now.

"They offered me a while back," said Jackson of Ohio State. "I really like the coaching staff. Coach (Thad) Matta and Coach (Jeff) Boals are the main ones that I stay in contact with and I really like Ohio State."

Another school that has been interested in Jackson for sometime is North Carolina. The Tar Heels have yet to offer, but Jackson says the conversations have gotten a little more seriously lately.

"For a while they just told me they were interested, but recently they told me to just hang on and be patient," said Jackson. "They take the process a little slower, so they just want to see how I develop as a player."

Also recently North Carolina's arch rival the Duke Blue Devils have begun to pick things up with Jackson and now are showing more attention.

"They haven't offered me yet, but they talk about how they are really interested in me and how they are interested in seeing how my game develops," said Jackson of Duke.

For now though there is no hurry as Jackson says he is nowhere near narrowing down his list or making a decision.

"I am keeping things open," Jackson explained. "I probably won't narrow it down until next year, maybe right around the start of my senior season."


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