Jackson enjoys diverse options

The Quentin Jackson recruitment veers in two somewhat divergent directions. A 2016 combo guard, Jackson must navigate solid basketball and exquisite academic options as he advances through his upperclass high school years.

The high academics prospects always face more complex recruitments given the differing paths they can take, but Quentin Jackson is easily equipped to handle all of it.

A North Carolina native prepping at Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle this season, Jackson currently holds 12 scholarship offers: DePaul, Houston, Appalachian State, St. Bonaventure, Harvard, UNC-Wilmington, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee State, Campbell, Towson and Tulsa.

Jackson said that Houston (Cougars assistant Kellen Sampson previously served at App. State) and Harvard may stand out slightly, but he’s also courting other major interest.

Stanford is waiting for me to take the SAT,” Jackson said. “I think Tennessee is really close to offering, and I’m also talking to Virginia.”

Obviously, then, Jackson wields perhaps even more prowess in the class than he does on the court. That said, he’s a versatile performer with good size (6-2, 175), a solid frame and solid blend of scoring and playmaking tools. Though not an elite athlete in terms of creating separation from defenders, he’s a pretty good baseline jump shooter and heady handler and passer.

His projected position remains a point of dispute among college coaches, hence the range of offers.

”People like me as a combo guard, the schools that are borderline (in terms of offering) don’t see me as a point, the ones that have offered basically do.”

Jackson enjoys a strong support group. His father, Quentin Sr., played for Jim Valvano at N.C. State and started at point guard for the Wolfpack’s 1987 ACC tournament championship squad, and he also worked at NCSU in an administrative capacity during the Sidney Lowe era.

Carlisle will compete at a handful of major events this year, and thus Jackson will receive tremendous exposure along with the opportunity to play his way into greater acclaim and collegiate interest. Whatever happens during his junior campaign and next year on the travel circuit, he obviously boasts exceptional options in major conference basketball and within the Ivy League.

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