Major upside for Jackson
One of the prospects with the most upside in the class of 2017 is Jaren Jackson. The Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor product has big time potential with the size, athleticism, and raw skill level to be a high level player once he gets older and more physically mature. “I am definitely growing,” Jackson explained. “I don’t know how tall I am going to get, but I am growing all the time. Right now I am 6-foot-8, 193 pounds, and I have a 7-foot-4 wingspan.” This is Jackson’s first year as a regular contributor at Park Tudor, and he is being asked to replace some of the scoring by departed senior Trevon Bluiett. Overall Jackson has been happy with how things have started. “I think we are doing a great job as a whole and coming together in terms of how each other play given the losses we had last year,” said Jackson. “Personally I think I am making the right plays and not taking bad shots, and doing pretty well.” Recruiting wise Jackson already has three offers with numerous other schools showing major interest. “My most recent offer was Indiana and before that was Purdue,” said Jackson. “I got IUPUI over the summer as well. I am also getting interest from Michigan State, Michigan, Georgetown, Xavier, Vanderbilt, and a number of other schools.” The offer from Indiana was a big one for Jackson, and he likes how things are run in Bloomington. “I definitely like the culture there,” said Jackson. “It is an exciting school to be around. Coach (Tom) Crean demands high level effort. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, you have to be ready to play and guard every position.” One school with a major connection to Jackson is Georgetown. His father, also named Jaren, was a player during the 90’s for the Hoyas, but according to the younger Jackson he hasn’t followed the program too closely. “To be honest my familiarity probably begins and ends with my dad and Otto Porter,” said Jackson. “I’m not that big of a college basketball fanatic. I know that Coach (John) Thompson is a great coach and that my dad was really well coached as well.” Another school with a connection to Jackson is Xavier. Xavier is where Bluiett went to school, although Jackson hasn’t had a chance to speak with him about the program yet. “I haven’t talked to him much about recruiting,” Jackson explained. “He has his own stuff going on, but hopefully I will be able to talk to him soon.” For now there is no timeframe for a decision from Jackson who intends to take his recruitment slow.
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