Five-Star wing Josh Jackson commits to Kansas

Josh Jackson, one of the nation's top prospects, has verbally committed to Kansas.

2016 small forward Josh Jackson is headed to play for Bill Self and Kansas

Arguably the top prospect in high school basketball, Jackson picked the Jayhawks over Arizona and Michigan State. Jackson took official visits to all three schools.

After a couple days of speculation that Kansas was the favorite to land Jackson, he made his commitment official by tweeting the news late Monday evening.

Jackson has had a decorated high school career that includes three Gold Medals and most recently the co-MVP award from the McDonald's All-American game, where he scored 19 points on 9-for-11 from the field. Jackson was also selected to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit game. 

Scout last updated the 2016 player rankings in the fall and Jackson landed at No. 2 overall and as the No. 1 small forward. But his dominant senior season and impressive efforts in the post-season, most notably at McDonald's, has him firmly in the running for the top overall spot in the 2016 class.

A native of Michigan, Jackson moved to California and attended Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep for his final two high school seasons.

With the addition of Jackson, Kansas' third pledge in the recruiting class, the Jayhawks moved up to No. 7 in the 2016 class rankings. Jackson joins four-star center Udoka Azubuike and three-star big man Mitch Lightfoot to make up their current class.

Breaking down Josh Jackson

Josh Gershon: Josh Jackson is one of the top prospects in high school basketball and a player who will have a major impact next season. At 6-foot-8, he has very good size for a wing and his big time athleticism will help him be able to guard almost any position at the next level. Jackson is an unselfish player and a very good passer for the position. His motor helps him on both ends of the court, as he's not only an elite defender but also rebounds very well and blocks shots. Jackson is still developing as a ball handler and shooter but has made strides in both areas over the course of his high school career. He's a big time talent.

Brian Snow: There isn't much that needs to be said about Josh Jackson. Quite simply he is one of the better prospects we've seen over the past five years. Jackson has incredible athleticism and is one of the fiercest competitors that I've ever seen at the high school level. Beyond that his skill level doesn't get the attention that it deserves.

Despite not being a point guard, Jackson is one of the best passers in the class. He is very unselfish and has tremendous court vision. There is no doubt he can be asked to be a playmaker from the wing position, and he will do that even at the highest level of basketball. Beyond that his handle is tight and that allows him to get where he wants on the court, and he is an elite defender.

Overall Jackson is a jump shot away from being a truly special player, not in the scope of high school or college basketball, but in the NBA. I don't see Jackson as a huge scorer, relatively speaking, from day one, but I do think he will have an enormous impact with his defensive prowess and play making skills. It wouldn't be a shock at all if 12 months from now we are talking about Jackson as the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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