Q&A with five-star wing Josh Jackson

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. -- Five-star 2016 wing Josh Jackson went for 34 points and 19 rebounds in a showdown with Miles Bridges and Huntington Prep on Friday. After securing the victory, Jackson talked to a few media members about his game and recruitment.

How’d you think you played?
Josh Jackson: I think I played pretty well. I took a couple bad shots and missed some shots I should have made, but stuff happens. I’m just glad we got the win.

You and Miles are friends off the court, what was it like playing against him?
I’m just glad we won the game so now I can call and talk crap to him. That’s what I really wanted to avoid. I wanted to avoid hearing him talk crap tonight so I got the win.

It looked like you two were going at each other a little …
Of course. Two good players on the court at the same time, it was bound to happen.

Have you played against each other before?
We played each other last year in Dayton, Ohio. Other than that we normally sometimes play on the same time.

This is your senior season. Your last go around at this level. What do you hope to accomplish?
Just to win as many games as possible and get better while doing it. Those are my two main goals.

Were you trying to put on a show tonight?

Sometimes I’m scoring. Sometimes I’m not. One thing about me is I’m always trying to win, whether that’s scoring, rebounding or playing defense. It comes in a variety.

How much has Miles talked to you about going to Michigan State?
At least two or three times at week. At least. I’m strongly considering it. Obviously he’s a great player and they have some other great recruits coming in as well and it’s my hometown. They would be a favorite.

Is there still a hometown pull for you even though you are out in California?

Yeah there is. It kind of pulls me a little more because I haven’t been home in so long.

Who else is in the picture for you?
Arizona, Kansas, Michigan State, UNLV and UCLA

How is the whole process going for you?
I think it’s going pretty well. Kind of stressful. I wish I could just make this decision tomorrow, but I’m still not sure where I want to go. I know this is one of the most important decision I’ll make in my life and I want to make sure I don’t have any regrets about it, so I’m going to take my time.

A lot of guys committed and signed early, did that tug at you to want to get it over with?
Not really. It kind of made me want to wait a little longer and see where some guys go. I know who I play with and who I don’t play well with. Just seeing those guys go places and I’m friends with a lot of them and I’m happy for them. It’s good to see them go off to college and get this weight off their backs.

I know you’ve taken an unofficial visit to Arizona, have you set up any other trips?
I have set up an official visit to Arizona on [December 19th]. They played against UNLV. It’s a home game.

Have you take any others?
That’s the only one I have set up.

What do you like about Arizona? 

Coach Miller, he’s a great coach. Obviously I’ve been able to play under him at USA Basketball. He coached me. I think he’s a great guy and a great coach. I love his style of play. Their teams are always good. He’s a great recruiter and he knows how to recruit guys.

Did Miller coaching you, give him a leg up?
Oh yeah. That definitely plays a factor. I think probably any coach I would play with and just to have that one on one time with. I had a couple heart to heart moments with him, coach Miller, so we are kind of close.

You said Bridges hits you up two or three times a week, how often do you hear from Izzo? 

They definitely tag team. Cassius Winston, as well. I grew up with him. He calls me sometimes. Nick Ward, he’ll call me sometimes. Josh Langford, I’m friends with all the 2016 recruits they have coming, so I get the ‘Spartans, Spartans, go white, go green.’

Will it be hard to say no to Michigan State?
It would be real hard. Having Miles definitely helped them out. He’s one of my best friends on the circuit and one of my favorite guys to play with and against.

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