Point guard Austin Jackson knows what he's looking for in a school and told me last night that Illinois has a lot of those things to offer. "There's no question about the relationship with the players at Illinois. They are one very close group of guys," said Jackson. "The other thing that really impressed me was when I spoke with the players they all said they really liked Coach Weber and wouldn't play for any other college coach. He knows what he's doing," added Jackson.
The crowd really wanted to see Jackson show off his skills but a number of times you could see Jackson was a little winded. "I didn't get a lot of rest the night before. I was hanging out with the guys having fun. They're a great group of guys," said Jackson.
Jackson is definitely a major talent; he has all the tools to play the point guard position. He really understands how to play team ball and even though it was a scrimmage, I liked how he attacked the basket when he decided to go at it hard.
"The players also had a good rapport with coach Weber. He joked around with them and they know when he's serious. Right now I plan to visit Georgia Tech and right after that make a commitment," stated Jackson.
If you follow the recruiting trails at all you know Jackson is a baseball stud. As a 12 year old he was voted by Baseball America as the best prospect at his age. "Baseball will not play a major decision in what college I choose. I will talk to the coaches about me playing baseball in college," said Jackson.
One thing is for sure - Bruce Weber has done a great job of getting some of the better players in the nation to visit. His work ethic will pay off in the end - it always does.