Jackson Shines For One Of Nations Best

Tamir Jackson is having a standout year at St. Benedict. The junior guard is riding the year to a handful of offers and plenty of collegiate interest.

Loaded with talent from top to bottom of their roster it's tough for anyone to standout for Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict, especially if your name isn't Samardo Samuels or Greg Echenique, but Tamir Jackson is doing so.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound combo guard has played his best basketball in some of the Gray Bees biggest games. Possibly his best effort came against national power Oak Hill, when he went off for 29 points in the win.

"It's easy, but it's kind of hard because of all the talent," Jackson said about playing for St. Benedict.

"Sometimes people are going to complain that they aren't getting enough shots," he continued. "It's easier for me because most of the talent is our big men and that opens up stuff for me."

With such a stacked squad, St. Benedict has managed a 21-1 record and is ranked in the top five of virtually every high school poll.

"We are having a great year," Jackson said. "I think we can be number one because no other team has played as tough a schedule as us. We've beat nine top 25 teams already and we have one more coming up next Thursday (Benedictine).

Jackson's big season has parlayed into strong interest from college coaches. Among the schools interested are Arizona, Ohio State, UAB, Rhode Island, Harvard, Virginia Tech, Miami and St. John's.

The three-star prospect claims offers from UAB, Rhode Island, St. John's, Virginia Tech and Miami. Of the schools in the mix the Blazers are the only one that has received a visit.

"It was great," Jackson said about the trip. "I went to their homecoming so it was a great atmosphere. There were a lot of fans and students there. I liked it a lot and I like Coach Davis and the way he coaches."

Although he clearly has some mutual interest in UAB, Jackson will wait out the recruiting process. "I'm looking forward to this fall. I'm not going to commit soon, I'm going to wait until next year."

Jackson will have another shot to shine this weekend in Louisville (Ky.) at the Neutral Zone Hoops Classic. Then next Thursday Jackson and the Gray Bees take on Ed Davis and Richmond (Va.) Benedictine.

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