2017 Intro: Jaren Jackson
Others in the state of Indiana have gotten more early attention in the class of 2017, but Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor product Jaren Jackson might have the most potential of any prospect in the class. With big time bloodlines and a body that is still growing, Jackson is just beginning to come into his own. Jackson ran with the Eric Gordon All-Stars this summer, and the versatile forward feels that he had a good summer and got a lot better. “The summer went well,” explained Jackson. “I think I did a lot to improve in the gym working out, and going to different camps. I have been trying to improve my ability to create one-on-one. Overall it went well, and I think I improved.” One thing that Jackson has had to adjust to all year is a growth spurt. He has grown to nearly 6-foot-8 after being several inches shorter to start the year, and as his body continues to grow, Jackson continues to adapt. “I am growing every day, and I am learning as I go,” explained Jackson. “I used to be a guard growing up, but then I hit a growth spurt and then I started to play down low, so it is all an adjustment.” Recruiting wise Jackson is already on the radar of schools like Butler, Xavier, Indiana, Purdue, and Michigan State, and IUPUI has offered him a scholarship. According to Jackson the early recruiting is nice, and it is something that motivates him. “It feels good especially since I am really young,” said Jackson. “It helps my confidence and makes realize how hard I have to bring it every time I am on the court.” Jackson is just now beginning to emerge on the radar for major schools, and it coincides with an opportunity on his high school team. Last year he was behind Trevon Bluiett, and saw limited minutes. Now with Bluiett enrolled at Xavier, Jackson knows the opportunity he has in front of him. “I am definitely excited for the opportunity,” explained Jackson. “Last year there wasn’t a big opportunity for me behind Trevon. Now I think that he is gone there is an opportunity for me to showcase my ability and to be a leader.” Look for Jackson to have a big high school season as he continues to grow and get stronger.
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