Jackson Shines At Challenge; Lists Favorite

Lakeem Jackson dominated the competition at the Carolina Challenge this past weekend and certainly raised his stock in the state and nationally.

Lakeem Jackson brought his best game to the Carolina Challenge this past weekend. From the opening tip of the first game, Jackson attacked the rim, intimated defenders and scored at will.

"I loved it," Jackson said of the Challenge. "Just to come out and play with a bunch of guys to see where you stand in North Carolina. It's a real nice event. Everyone is sharing the ball and I didn't think we'd pass the ball the way we did."

Through the three-game event, Jackson, a standout at Arden (N.C.) Christ School, averaged 15.6 points a game and was fifth on the scoring list.

His average at the Challenge was similar to his average during the high school season. He put up 15 points and 5 rebounds a game and helped lead the Greenies to a state championship.

"High school went real well," Jackson said. "We had a good amount of guys on the team that like to share the ball and we just play real well together. The chemistry was good and we won a state championship."

At this point Jackson holds just one scholarship offer – Western Kentucky (old staff). To go with the offer from the Toppers, he also has interest from Georgia Tech, Clemson, Kentucky, Baylor, Boston College, Virginia and Florida State.

"I haven't thought much about [recruiting]," Jackson said. "That's one thing that I'm going to have to sit down and do because it's getting close to the end. I'm going to have to start thinking about it."

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing has taken visits to Clemson and Georgia Tech. He mentioned that he enjoyed both of their campuses and atmospheres. He did, however, single out the Yellow Jackets and claimed them as his early favorite.

"I just like Coach Paul Hewitt," he said. "He's a real nice guy and his assistants are real nice too. It's a good program."

If Jackson continues to play the way he did at the Challenge, expect plenty more schools to toss their name in the mix. He'll be playing with the Charlotte Royals during the spring and summer.

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