Point Guard / Scoring Guard
A combo guard who is best on the ball, Jackson is one of the top scorers in 2016. He's a lethal scorer off the dribble who can drop in points from all three levels and gets to the free throw line. While Jackson sees the court and makes his teammates better, it's his scoring ability that makes him one of the top prospects in the class. Jackson is a competitive kid who plays hard each time out.
Jackson cut his list to Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, and BYU midway through the summer and took his first official visit to Stanford during July.
“I love the coaching staff,” Jackson said about Stanford. “The area is beautiful. The people there were super nice and the education there is unreal.”
Following the visit the five star prospect scheduled his trip to Duke, and noted that the Blue Devils and Stanford were still battling the Bruins, Wildcats, and Cougars for his services. However, he has declined to set up any further visits, and actually canceled his official visit to Arizona.
The Blue Devils, of course, have five star point guard Derryck Thornton on the roster already for 2015. Certainly Thornton has the potential to be a one and done player for Duke, but odds are that he’ll stick around for what could be a dominant squad in 2016. Which means Jackson, as a top three point guard in 2016, could pair with the former No. 1 point guard in that class.
The two point guard system has worked in the past at Duke - most recently with Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. The reality, however, is that Jackson would likely move off the ball a little more.
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.”
Projected Duke Backcourt (2016):
PG - Derryck Thornton Jr. (So.)