Bloomington, Ind. – Point guard Lewis Jackson now knows exactly where he stands now with Indiana.
He's a wanted man.
The 5-10, 170-pound Class of 2008 point guard from Decatur, Illinois' Eisenhower H.S. was officially offered a scholarship by IU Coach Kelvin Sampson earlier this week, something that was well received by the Indiana Elite AAU standout.
"It was exciting," said Jackson, the 27th-ranked point guard in the nation according to Scout.com. "Indiana, there's a great history of basketball here. To come here would be a great opportunity."
The Indiana staff has undoubtedly become familiar with Jackson thanks to his exploits on the Indiana Elite AAU team. The starting point guard on a team that also features Tyler Zeller, Emmanuel Negedu, Walter Offutt, Beas Hamga and DeAndre Liggins, Jackson is a lightning quick player who is a pass-first point guard who loves to get his teammates involved.
He's also grown accustomed to winning. Indiana Elite won the prestigious Kingwood Classic AAU event a couple of weeks ago, and after its win over the Indiana Elite Orange team Saturday afternoon they continue to be one of the favorites at this weekend's Adidas May Classic in Bloomington.
"(Sampson) said he wants me over here, that he likes my style of play," Jackson said. "He said I'm a leader and I want to win, and he wants to win, too."
Winning a commitment from Jackson, though, won't be easy. He said he's also been offered by Illinois, DePaul and UNLV, among others, and isn't in a huge hurry to come to a decision.
"I'm just open right now," Jackson said. "Recruiting has been going well, and it's a good process. I've been talking to Indiana a lot and other programs as well."
While he's in the midst of his AAU season as well as recruiting, he's also focused on improving his game this summer as well. His first thought is to get his teammates involved, but he's also working to become more of an offensive weapon.
"I've been working on my mid-range game," Jackson said. "That's my biggest focus. It's going pretty good – I only took one jump shot (in Saturday's tourney opening game), but I knocked it down."
Jackson isn't counted for a great deal of point production on Indiana Elite, but the opportunity to play with big men such as Zeller and Negedu – and be successful – should pay dividends when he gets to college.
"We understand each other and no one is selfish and we look out for each other," Jackson said. "I think that's going to help all of us with college, because everyone gets recruited as ‘the man' on your high school team. But we've been able to gel, and that will make us better prepared for college."
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