Recruiting continues to pick up for Jackson
Four-star class of 2017 forward Jaren Jackson is continuing to get better and add college attention. Despite suffering a foot injury right before the start of the April evaluation period Jackson managed to impress enough coaches to add to his list of offers. Now standing 6-foot-9 with 7-foot plus wing span, the Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor product is one of the more intriguing long term prospects in the Midwest in his class. With that high level potential, Jackson is beginning to become a consistent producer as well, and that continued last weekend. “I thought we did well as a team,” Jackson explained. “We were a little sloppy, but we had some new players getting adjusted. Personally I thought I played pretty well. I didn’t play a lot because my foot was hurting and I didn’t want to re-injure it, but when I did play I think I helped the team both offensively and defensively.” In terms of what Jackson has been working on to improve and impress the coaches, he said, “Definitely I am working on my post game. I want to be able to get my own shot without any help. Also I am working on being a leader. Next high school season we only have one senior, so leadership will be on me to make sure we get back to the state championship next year.” Jackson now has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, and Xavier with the Musketeers being the most recent to come forward. Also interest is coming in from Georgetown, Illinois, Michigan, Stanford, and Michigan State. About the recent offer from Xavier, Jackson said, “It was great to talk with Coach (Chris) Mack on the phone. He told me how they are located close to my house, but not too close, and said that he liked how I am developing. Trevon (Bluiett) is there, and I have been talking to him, Coach Mack, and Coach (Travis) Steele, and it is a great school.” With both of his parents being graduates of Georgetown, and his dad being a former player at the school, the Hoyas are clearly in the mix, and Jackson says it is an honor to be recruited by John Thompson III. “It is great to have Georgetown watching me,” said Jackson. “Coach Thompson’s dad coached my dad, and hopefully I get an offer from them at some point. Georgetown is a great school. I am lucky to have them recruiting me, and I know my dad is excited about it.” Also the in-state Indiana Hoosiers have been active in recruiting Jackson, and he says it is good to hear from them as well. “IU is a great program,” noted Jackson. “They have Thomas Bryant so that is a good thing for them long term. I think Coach (Tom) Crean is doing a great job. They are doing a good job of developing players and getting guys to the league.” For now Jackson is focused on getting better and improving his all-around game while also taking a look at his recruitment.
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