Four-star forward Jaren Jackson is off to a strong start to his junior season. The high upside prospect continues to expand his game, and college coaches remain very active in his recruitment.
“I will most likely be a stretch four in college,” said Jackson. “With my ball handling and my ability to stretch the defense out to the three point line, I think I can create mismatches on the offensive end.”
He continued, “On defense I think I am good on the inside. I am good at blocking shots, and now I am working on getting better with my perimeter defense.
Recruiting wise Jackson has offers from schools such as Michigan State, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Notre Dame, Xavier, and a host of others.
Recently Jackson visited Maryland for the team’s game against Georgetown, and he came away very impressed with what he saw.
“The atmosphere was great,” said Jackson of the game. “The crowd was intense and it is a great arena. Recently they started really picking things up with me, and it has been great. I like how they play as a team, and how their point guard does a good job of getting everybody on the team open looks.”
When it comes to Georgetown, where both of his parents went to school and his dad starred on the basketball team, things continue to go well.
“If I go there it won’t have anything to do with my dad,” said Jackson. “I’m not making an emotional decision, I am making a strategic decision based on what and what is best for me. Neither me nor my dad is putting any emphasis on where he went to college when looking at my decision.”
Another school that has been extremely active recruiting Jackson is Michigan State, and Jackson likes the Spartans program quite a bit.
“Michigan State is great,” said Jackson. “They tell me to focus on getting better every day. They follow closely how I am playing and just tell me to keep improving and things like that.”
For now Jackson is focused on his junior season, and continues to gain information about all of the schools recruiting him.