Lakeem Jackson, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of Arden (N.C.) Christ School via Charlotte, committed to the Gamecocks on Wednesday. Jackson checked in on the recent Scout.com Top 100 at No. 52.
Jackson brings an intense approach to the small forward position. Noted for his attacking style on offense and defense, his rise began in March when he was a dominant wing player at the Carolina Challenge.
Once he got the job, USC head coach Darrin Horn and assistant Scott Cherry renewed their relationship with Jackson. The staff offered when they at Western Kentucky.
"They've been with me since they were at Western Kentucky and they stuck with me through that," Jackson said. "I felt like it was the best place for me to go."
Jackson quickly emerged as the Gamecocks top target at the position. "They said that if I come there they'd develop my game and they have playing time for me as a freshman so I like that. I'm going to try and get some guys to take a look at South Carolina."
A year ago, Jackson was recruited at the mid-level. After a state championship run with Christ School and an appearance at the LeBron James Skills Academy, his stock took off. An SEC recruit, Jackson finally realized his potential.
"It was all hard work, everyday in the gym working my tail off. Hard work pays off."