Jackson refining backcourt role

The Quentin Jackson experience has rounded into form this season, as the former shooting guard, now combo guard has made substantial progress on his point guard skills.

Back in the fall, Quentin Jackson told me that he was working hard on his point guard skills. The Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle star said that the schools recruiting him tended to view him more favorably if they believedr he could be a point guard, and less favorably if they viewed him as a wing.

Well, fast forward to the new year, and Jackson has embarked fully on a transition to the lead guard spot. He'll likely always be a scoring guard, but that's absolutely not a problem in today's game. At 6-3 and blessed with a solid frame, Jackson has become noticeably more athletic since the fall.

In transition, he now puts his head down and gets to the rim for the purpose of hammering home a slam, and thus he's less reliant on contested, running jumpers. He's also faster pushing the break, another element to his improved effectiveness as a lead guard.

This is Jackson's first year at Carlisle, having transferred from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God. His coach at Carlisle, Jason Niblett, has been highly impressed by his pupil's progress.

"He's accepted (the point guard) role and adjusted very well," Niblett said.

For his part, Jackson views his time at his new school for facilitating his development, and not just due to purely basketball issues.

"Being out in Martinsville helps me focus a lot more," Jackson said of his rural environs. "I've changed my game and all I play is point guard now."

Jackson holds offers from Tennessee, Kansas State, Appalachian State, Houston, DePaul, UNC-Wilmington, Campbell, Middle Tennessee State, St. Bonaventure and Jacksonville.

Given his rate of improvement, Jackson could add to that offer list considerably by the end of summer.

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