Catching Up With Lewis Jackson

At one time Decatur, Illinois guard Lewis Jackson appeared to know where he stood with things from a recruiting standpoint with Illinois. Today we spoke with Jackson and got the latest on his recruitment and where the Illini may stand. Get inside.

Two years ago talking with 5'9" PG Lewis Jackson he seemed to know where he wanted to play college basketball, but a lot has changed since then. "It's kind of hurtful because I don't know where I stand with Illinois. It was good to see Coach Jay Price at one of my games today, but so were Purdue, Indiana and USC. Once I get home on Tuesday I'm going to sit down and make an official list of five schools," said Jackson. Minnesota has shown a lot more interest in Jackson as of late. "They offered me awhile ago, but I'll sort things out soon."

This past weekend Jackson was playing in California at the Best of the Summer Tournament held at Loyola Marymount. "I played okay. I was 3-4 from the field but I ran my team really well and I had a lot of assists," he added.

So where does the Illini stand now with Jackson in his recruitment? "Well, I don't know about the offer still. I haven't had much contact with Illinois - mostly text messages, not a lot of phone calls. It's hard to tell if it's still there or not," Jackson said.

Jackson plays for the Indiana Elite, whose team has been very successful this summer. They won the Kingwood Classic and The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. His play in leading his team has been great.

Here at Jackson comes in at the nation's 30th best PG in the class of 2008 and a three-star recruit. Some feel that Jackson may have some academic needs to fulfill. We asked him about that and he responded, "I'm on target. Things are going fine in the classroom."

Once Jackson makes his new list we'll have the latest and give the update. Jackson said when it's time for him or any player to pick a college the most important thing to do is to go where it makes you happy - and that's what he plans to do.

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