Jackson shines adds new suitor

Four-star point guard Demetrius Jackson went against some of the best guards in the country on Monday and more than held his own. Now a new program is picking things up in his recruitment.

One of the best parts of Indiana high school basketball is the annual All-Star games featuring the top juniors in the state against the top seniors. In the junior class it gives four-star guard Demetrius Jackson a chance to shine against some of the best guards in high school basketball.

Given that he plays at Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian High School and isn't on the most high profile summer team, many in the state of Indiana had never seen Jackson before Monday night. However the top ranked player in the 2013 class showed what the hype was about with a solid showing.

"It is a blessing to be able to come out here and play against the best players in the state," said Jackson. "Even though we didn't win it was fun to come out here and compete."

Playing point guard, Jackson had to match up with Indiana bound Yogi Ferrell and Purdue pledge Ronnie Johnson. According to Jackson it was great to go against the two highly touted seniors.

"Those dudes are good players," said Jackson. "It is a blessing to play against them and learn from them. They are both great players and it was a true blessing to be on the same floor as them."

Recruiting wise there has been a new school to enter the fray with Jackson. Schools such as Butler, Illinois, Xavier, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Florida State have been involved with Jackson for some time, but now one of the nation's blue blood programs is picking things up with him.

"I have been talking to Kansas lately," noted Jackson.

"They are a great school, Jayhawk nation is great," he said of Kansas. "I have been talking to Coach (Norm) Roberts, he is back on the staff, a couple of times. It is great to have them calling me."

One school that has also recently picked things up is Illinois. With a new offer in hand, Jackson is hoping to get to Champaign soon for a visit.

"I would definitely like to get down there and visit," said Jackson. "June is a busy time for me with high school stuff and camps. I am hoping to get down there for a visit for sure."

Recruiting is still not on the front burner for Jackson though. The athletically gifted 6-foot-1 guard has been invited to the NBA Top 100 High School Camp, and also has a chance to play in the Indiana All-Star game against Kentucky later this month.

"It is a blessing," said Jackson of the invite to NBA Camp. "Not everyone gets an invite to that so it is great."

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