2016 forward Justin Jackson is currently competing at the Nike Hoop Summit event. While he’s focused on having a strong showing in front of the more than 140 NBA credentialed scouts, he also is trying to decide what to do for college.
Jackson committed to UNLV back in September of 2014 and signed this past fall, but with the dismissal of Dave Rice during this past season, things have been up in the air.
“Right now I’m kind of on edge,” Jackson told Scout at the Nike Hoop Summit. “I’m not too sure what I’m doing right now. I still have to discuss it with my family.”
UNLV recently named Chris Beard, who was the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock, their next head coach. Jackson recently got on the phone with him and began the process of getting to know him.
“I spoke to him and he’s been nothing but respectful,” Jackson said. “He told me to go into the event with a clear mind and then when it’s all over we can discuss how to move forward.”
“He called me and told me he wanted to talk and sit with me face to face and show me where he wants to bring the program,” he added. “Once I finish here we’ll see where things go.”
Jackson has had a pair of practices thus far and will have four more days of training before the game, which tips on Saturday at 3:00 ET.
“It’s a great experience,” he said. “This is something I’ve never done before. Playing against all the top players brings out the best in me.”
“I just try to come here and have fun,” he added. “I know if I play the right way and play my game people will love me regardless.”
A four-star forward, Jackson is versatile and impacts the game in a variety of ways.
“I like to call myself Mr. do-it-all,” he said. “Not to be cocky, but that’s how I see my game. Ever since I was young I was able to do a little bit of everything. I can shoot. I can pass. I can dribble. I was always tall and I’ve just been blessed with a lot of talent.
Jackson ranks as the No. 32 overall prospect in the 2016 class.