One player who has really used the spring to his advantage has been Jaren Jackson. The four-star power forward slogged through an up and down high school season, but since he has suited up for Spiece Indy Heat it has been a totally different story.
Jackson has looked like a man possessed, and that was the case again on Saturday on the third leg of the Nike EYBL circuit. In a key game against top rated 2018 forward Marvin Bagley, not only did Jackson answer the challenge, but he showed he could come out on top.
Even though he fouled out of the game late, Jackson finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He accomplished that on 7-15 shooting overall, including 3-6 from three point range.
At 6-foot-9 with a plus 7-foot wing span, Jackson is someone who has all the tools to play basketball at the highest level for a long time. A humble kid by nature, Jackson at times has been content to blend in during his basketball career, but now he seems to be embracing more of the role of an alpha dog.
This increase in toughness and energy from Jackson has also led to more and more schools entering his recruitment. Still there is Maryland, Georgetown (where his parents went to school), Notre Dame, Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Alabama, and a host of others.
While Jackson has had a chance to make several unofficial visits, the Indianapolis are standout is in absolutely no hurry to select a college.
In fact Jackson and his parents have indicated that a decision could extend into the winter so that they have a chance to make official visits to all of the colleges on his list.
It is definitely slightly premature to talk specifics when it comes to rankings, there is no doubt that his current position of No. 59 overall is significantly too low. More consistency like he has shown this spring, and it wouldn’t be out of the question for Jackson to be knocking on the door of five-star status.