As a member of the LDS faith, Jackson has the opportunity to embark on a two year Mormon mission after high school and before enrolling at whichever college. In the past the five star guard has insisted he will 100 percent pursue the Mission rout. However, with so many opportunities knocking at his door, that guarantee seems to be weakening.
“I’ve talked with the schools and some have said they would want to take me in 2016,” Jackson told TDD’s Steve Clark at the NBA Top 100 Camp. “So it’s just kind of up there in terms of whether I want to go in 2016.”
Two of the schools Jackson is considering for next year’s signing day are North Carolina and Duke. He’ll visit both programs early next week.
“I already known quite a bit about both of those schools. They are two powerhouses of college basketball, and I’m excited to get to campus because I’ve never been to either one of them, and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer.”
Those two unofficial visits could be very important as Jackson says he’s not really sold on the idea of taking a number of official visits later in the year.
“We’ll see when the Fall comes. I may take a couple, but I don’t think it’ll be that may to be honest with you.”
As for his recruitment by the Blue Devils, Duke is also scheduled to host 2017 five star guard Trae Young, while already having a commitment and enrollment from recently reclassified five star floor general Derryck Thornton. That could mean Coach K and his staff are looking for Jackson to play more of a combo guard role in the same way former point guards have transitioned including Jay Williams and, most recently, Quinn Cook.
From his perspective, the idea of playing a few different positions isn’t unpalatable.
“I’d be down with that for sure, that’d be cool depending on what kind of playing time we’d get, and that would factor into [my decision]. I look at both depth charts for point guard and shooting guard and all the good ones in our class. I definitely know who is good in our class and I think I can play with anyone.”