2010's Jackson Carving Out His Place

In time, Joe Jackson is going to be recognized as one of the better scorers in the Class of 2010. The 6-foot guard hails from a prestigious high school with a long history of cranking out prospects and Jackson's proud to be next.

Joe Jackson knows the history. Memphis (Tenn.) White Station has cranked out its share of players over the years. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Jackson, a 6-foot sophomore, is next in line.

The scoring guard is following in the footsteps of Robert Kelly (Wake Forest), J.P. Prince, Earnest Shelton (Alabama) and Dane Bradshaw (Tennessee). "There's major history at this school," Jackson said.

Jackson's averaging 27 points a game and he's destined to be a major part of White Station's history books. Heading into the season, Jackson was listed as one of the elite point guards in the nation on Scout.com. After seeing him at the Marshall County Hoopfest and talking hoops with the youngster, we've concluded something: Jackson loves to play off the ball.

"I can play the point but my position is the two. I think I can fill it up."

He's not lying. Jackson can score. Where's he learn the tricks of the trade? "Allen Iverson," Jackson said. "He amazes me at his height and what he can do. I like him and Isaiah Thomas. I did some research (on Thomas) on the computer a long time ago. They showed him a lot on ESPN Classic."

The present-day comparison is Monta Ellis. Jackson admits to mimicking the Golden State standout.

We asked Jackson what his approach to scoring would be with the game on the line. "Most of the time I'm going to get to the basket and get a foul and pull up. I can make the shot to win the game. You can expect it to almost go in if it doesn't go in."

Jackson, a Memphis native, grew up watching North Carolina. So far this year, Tennessee's Bruce Pearl, Ole Miss' Andy Kennedy and Memphis coach John Calipari have laid eyes on him. Each has offered along with Texas A&M.

"I don't feel pressure about recruiting," Jackson said. "It'll all come. All of it will fall into place."

Memphis should be a factor with the guard who lives "3-5 minutes" from campus. "Yep. I think so. It's the hometown place and you can be the hometown player and get much love."

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