Charles Jackson's high school basketball career is over, so now it's time to focus on his future plans. Just last week Jackson's high school team, Tri-County, lost 63-55 to Dublin in the state tournament. "We lost the game because we couldn't make free throws. We had an 18 point lead in the third quarter. Our team got caught up in the moment and just couldn't finish the game. I missed a lot of free throws and I take full responsibly for that. I put that entire game on myself," said Jackson. That night Jackson finished the game with 4-15 from the free throw line. "Also, that night our guards didn't do a good job of handling the press they put on us; but that's still no excuse for us not to finish the game."
Now that his season is over Jackson will now get ready for college at Illinois. "This summer I will not play AAU basketball. I got my scholarship and right now I want to work on my game: shooting free throws, dribbling, shooting and my defense. I'm really looking forward to this because all the other years I had to start training for football and this year I don't," Jackson said.
Jackson felt that having his scholarship doesn't mean he can relax, "But I don't have to go out and try to prove something to other people," he added.
Next year Jackson will join 6-3 Jamar Smith of Peoria Richwoods and Chester Frazier, a 6-foot-2 guard from Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts. This summer Jackson plans to be at Illinois in June so he can join his teammates.
Season is Over for Illini Recruit Charles Jackson.
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