Jackson Has Offers; Focused On Season

Joe Jackson didn't have his best game this past weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest, but his junior season is still off to a pretty good start.

After falling to Columbus (Ohio) Northland this past weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest, Joe Jackson and his teammates at Memphis (Tenn.) White Station were in a somber mood.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound lead guard had a rough night from the field and scored a tough 18 points for the game. Mix his bad shooting night with the five turnovers he was charted with and he wasn't happy with his performance.

"I played poor," Jackson told Scout.com. "We didn't get any rebounds and we didn't play any defense. I didn't make any jump shots. I turned the ball over too much. We lost."

But there's a reason Jackson is ranked No. 4 on Scout.com's point guard list and is a five-star prospect. There's no question he has talent and is one of the better on the ball scorer in the entire class.

Just a few days prior to their game at the Hoopfest, White Station battled Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest, which is home to North Carolina commit Leslie McDonald and future George Mason big man Johnnie Williams.

In that game Jackson showed his true colors and dropped in 25 points, while leading White Station to a big victory over one of their rival schools.

"We are 2-2," Jackson stated. "[The season has] been going good. We've been playing some tough teams and had some big games."

Although he's known for his ability to score, Jackson has spent more time playing the lead guard position over the past year. According to Jackson the transition to playing the point full time has been easy.

"I don't even think about it anymore, I just do it," he said. "I don't even think about playing the one or two."

A number of schools have been in to see Jackson recently. Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and an assistant were in the stands to see him this past Saturday, as were assistants from Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas.

"To be honest I'm not really paying a lot of attention to colleges," Jackson said. "I'm focused on my high school season. I haven't really been thinking about it."

After the game Jackson said he had scholarship offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Memphis and Mississippi.


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