Jackson gets serious about process
Five-star wing Josh Jackson from Napa (Cal.) Prolific Prep is one of the truly elite talents in the class of 2016. Having a tremendous junior season, Jackson is now starting to get serious about the recruiting process. A native of Detroit, this is Jackson’s first season on the West Coast, and he says the adjustment is going well. “I’m loving it out in California,” noted Jackson. “I never did like the cold back home in Michigan. I like the team, I like the coaches, and I like the school so I have no regrets.” Recruiting wise the 6-foot-7 Jackson will have his pick of schools. Programs such as Arizona, UCLA, Kansas, Michigan State, Kentucky, Auburn, Louisville, and a host of others have interest in Jackson. “I haven’t been thinking too much about recruiting, but I am starting to get serious about it now,” said Jackson. “Me moving from Detroit over to California, I have picked up some West Coast schools, so my recruitment has been pretty good.” One of the schools that has made Jackson a priority since he moved to the West Coast is Arizona, and Jackson says he likes the situation in Tucson. “My relationship with Arizona is pretty good,” said Jackson. “I like Coach (Sean) Miller, and I love the way they play. It is a good school and a good program.” A school that saw Jackson over the weekend and a program he is very familiar with is Michigan State. “I watched Michigan State all the time growing up,” said Jackson of the Spartans. “Me and my mom, we were a house divided. I was Michigan State, she was Michigan. I watched them all the time.” Another program definitely looking to get involved in the recruitment is Louisville, and Jackson feels he would fit in well there. “I love the way they play,” said Jackson. “They are a fast paced team that presses the whole game. Also Coach (Rick) Pitino is a great defensive coach. I like their system and I like the type of players they get.” For now Jackson continues to just sit back and evaluate all of his options, and while he doesn’t have a favorite or anything, he does know what he will be looking for in a school. “I just want to be around people who I can trust and a great coach,” explained Jackson. “I want to go somewhere where I will be coached. I don’t just want to have my butt kissed. I also want to play with great players and a place where I can win games.” Currently Jackson is viewed as the No. 3 player in the class of 2016.
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