2008's Jackson Has Early Offers

There will be plenty of chances for 2008 point guards to make their move the up charts. Can Lewis Jackson make his? If you look as his offers he already has.

Lewis Jackson, the junior point guard at Decatur (Ill.) Eisenhower says he grew two inches since the summer. "I've been sleeping and working on my game," Jackson joked.

Really it matters little. For the programs like Illinois, Indiana, DePaul, Minnesota, UNLV, Iowa and Iowa State who have offered him, clearly size isn't a concern. By the way, how about this being the year of the little guy anyway? Ask the Oregon fans how good Ty Porter is. How about Jerome Randle out at California?

Jackson is a tough kid. We know because we saw him take one of the nastiest spills last spring at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam and promptly get back up and make the difference in the game for his team.

So far this year his Eisenhower club is 3-0 and the rubber meets the road this Friday in a key matchup against Champaign Central, a team they beat last year.

Jackson is averaging 12 points and 10 dimes a game to go with 5 steals. His says his team has enough guys to help take the pressure off him but its not a one-man gang.

"I think enough coaches have seen me play that size is not an issue. They respect my game."
Clearly he's done enough to warrant the attention he's been afforded, despite being sub-six-feet tall. "I think more people are starting to recognize me now," Jackson said. "I think it's from the summer and I picked up a lot of buzz. I was honorable mention all-state and this summer made me noticeable."

While players, especially point guards, commit at a near frantic pace in the Class of 2008, Jackson is taking it all in. "I'm going to wait until the end of the year. I'm starting to get a lot of interest from Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. I'll wait until the end of the year to get it over with."

In the meantime he's working on winning and improving his game. "In transition I know I'm really good and I've developed my half court game. I need to work on pulling up in transition and learn how to stop and pop and control it."

Speaking of control, the weather is one thing he couldn't manage last weekend. Originally set to visit DePaul for the Kansas game, he couldn't get to the contest because of that nasty element that hit the Midwest.

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