Jackson improving his game

Schools continue to drop in on five-star prospect Justin Jackson.

Five-star forward Justin Jackson has been on the recruiting radar of many teams since the beginning of his high school career. The 2014 prospect is now a junior, and his Houston (Tex.) HCYA head coach Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes says Jackson continues to make improvements.

"The first thing he has improved on is his leadership," said Rhodes of Jackson. "We lost three seniors from last year so he has improved his leadership. Also he has worked on when to take over the game and to be assertive when we need a big bucket."

Recruiting wise it should be no surprise that numerous schools have been buy to see Jackson this year, and that he is still a high priority recruit.

"North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, everybody has been by," said Rhodes. "There have been a lot of schools by and a lot of schools that are calling."

Rhodes however says that Jackson isn't in any kind of hurry to make a college decision.

"He has handled the attention well," explained Rhodes. "His mother and father are just enjoying it. Justin is just concentrating on basketball."

Rhodes continued, " Justin isn't close to committing, he hasn't made any decisions or anything like that. He will make a decision when he is ready, but the thing about Justin is he is such a laid back kid. He just isn't caught up in the situation."

In terms of visits, Rhodes said nothing has been set up yet, but visits could take place during the year to check out a few schools.

"I'm not sure yet," explained Rhodes of potential trips. "His father has been talking to the coaches about a visit, but I don't think anything is set up to take any visits yet."

For now the focus for Jackson is on his junior year, and for Rhodes that means his star player taking over when it is necessary for him to do so.

"When we need a bucket, a good defensive stop, or a blocked shot we want him to be the player who does it," said Rhodes. "We really want him to take over the game when necessary."

Jackson is currently ranked as the No. 16 prospect overall in the 2014 class and the No. 4 small forward.

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