Jackson Headed To The Big Ten

Another point guard is off the table in the class of 2008. Lewis Jackson made his pick on Thursday and he's headed to the Big Ten.

After a visit to Purdue today, Lewis Jackson saw all he needed to see. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound rising senior made a commitment to the Boilermakers.

"I just wanted to get it done with and I felt like it was a perfect fit for me," Jackson said.

"I was really interested in Purdue and they've been my leader for a while now. They showed us everything. I got to talk to the Athletic Director and the guy that's in charge of my major."

Jackson, who had picked up scholarship offers from Bradley, Dayton and Indiana, formed a bond with Matt Painter and likes the way he runs his program.

"It's a good relationship and we talk a lot. The good thing about Coach Painter is he's honest and he's not going to lie to you. Sometimes you aren't going to want to hear the truth, but you want them to be honest with you. He's a real good coach.

While on the visit, Jackson took a tour of the campus and found out about their plans to build new facilities.

"It's a beautiful campus and a lot of things are right there. You don't have to go to far and they have nice facilities and they are actually going to build a new arena in a couple of years. It's real nice over there."

The Boilermakers brought in the 5th ranked class in 2007 and they backed it up by getting guys that fill a role. Ryne Smith, who committed to Purdue last week, is the shooter and Jackson gives them depth at the point guard position.

"They got a lot of combo guards and by me coming in 08 it gives them a true point guard. I can distribute the ball, score when they need me to, push the tempo and just play defense."

Jackson is ranked No. 35 at the point guard position in the 2008 class.

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