2010's Joe Jackson For Real

If Joe Jackson (Scout.com No. 19) were a football player, they'd line him up in the Wildcat and let him make plays. White Station's junior scoring threat is for real!

When you are Joe Jackson's size, you have to be tough. Generously listed at six feet tall, the junior at Memphis (TN) White Station helps to make up for his somewhat smallish stature with freaky quickness and athleticism. More than anything, though, he's a tough kid who refuses to back down from any challenge.

"I really don't like anybody to outdo me," said Jackson. "Whenever I have to, I step my game up and help my team out in any way that I can."

Well known for his explosive scoring ability, Jackson makes effective use of his blazing quick first step. He can attack right or left, will dunk on defenders and has the ability to elevate over much bigger defenders for jumpers off of the dribble or catch.

Because of his gaudy scoring numbers, it seems as if evaluators sometimes look past the fact that Jackson is also pretty sound fundamentally. He starts his drives from a classic triple threat position, doesn't dance with the ball while trying to pound in every nail in the floor and is a willing distributor of the ball

"I've done heard many stories about that and how I need to work on (fundamentals)," Jackson told Scout.com. "I really don't care what anybody thinks. I just want to get better as a player. I get into the gym and get better and better."

Depending on whom you speak with, Jackson is a combo guard, a scoring point or just a straight up shooting guard. Whichever label others try to put on him, Jackson isn't really concerned because he knows where his strengths lay.

"It really doesn't matter to me, I just play in attack mode and make plays," said Jackson. "I'm always attacking. Whatever it takes, I don't care. Passing, shooting, defense, I'll do it."

Given his status as one of the premier available backcourt prospects in the class of 2010, Jackson has a surprisingly small amount of suitors.

"Memphis and Tennessee, I talk to them a lot and they are the main two," said Jackson of those recruiting him the most. "Kansas too, I like them. They just started recruiting me."

Not looking to make a decision anytime soon, Jackson says he'll run with the Memphis Pacers this summer. Also, while early word on the street has him as a Memphis lean, Jackson insists that he's still open and remains undecided about his future.

"I don't know where that comes from," said Jackson. "I'm just going to take my visits and go wherever I'm most comfortable. I just want to be happy and find a style that fits me."

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