Baylor Adds Talented Juco Guard

Scott Drew went to the Juco ranks for his latest prized commitment, this time adding a key guard to the fold.

Pierre Jackson, from the College of Southern Idaho, announced to the world Sunday evening that he would be playing Division 1 basketball at Baylor University next season. And with his commitment, Scott Drew and his Baylor basketball team got just what they needed - an experienced guard who knows how to win.

Ultimately, the decision came down to Creighton and Baylor, with Jackson visiting both schools over the last few days. Late Sunday night, Jackson posted the following on Facebook: "I would like to take the time to thank all the schools, coaches, and of course the fans, that have had interest and recruited me for possibly attending and playing basketball for your university, through prayer and family I have made the decision to commit to Baylor University! God Bless!"

And with that announcement, the Baylor faithful suddenly felt a lot better about the loss of 2 guards over this past season - graduating senior and all time leading scorer Lacedarius Dunn and shooting guard Nolan Dennis, who unfortunately had to leave the team for medical reasons.

Scott Drew has had success in the past playing multiple guards, including multiple point guards specifically, so it remains to be seen how Jackson will be integrated with incumbents like A.J. Walton and Stargell Love. Either way, Jackson figures to see early and significant playing time.

Jackson saw his recruitment take off the last few weeks after a dominating performance in the NJCAA Division One National Tournament, where Jackson led his team to a national championship while being awarded with MVP honors.

Jackson is a point guard who not only can dish out assists (led the State of Nevada in assists on the high school level in 2008-2009), but who can also get into the lane and score. Jackson set a NJCAA tournament record with 46 free throws in the College of Southern Idaho's title run.

On the season, Jackson averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 boards per game. He also shot 87% from the free throw line, and almost 40% from 3 point range.

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