In his quest to become Iowa State’s first commit of the 2016 class, Donovan Jackson first gave his new coach quite the scare.
The 6-foot-2 point guard from Iowa Western C.C. dialed Iowa State coach Steve Prohm’s number late Sunday night and before he had a chance to become the first 2016 pledge for the Cyclones, Jackson first left Prohm speechless.
“‘Coach, I appreciate you recruiting me. You’re a great guy, I appreciate everything you’ve done for me,’” Jackson said, starting the conversation. “It got really quiet. Then I told him [I was committing] and he was like, ‘Man, you just scared me. I thought you were going to tell me you weren’t coming here.’
“He ended up being really, really excited for me, excited for himself. He was pretty much ecstatic about it.”
Iowa State’s large 2016 class is officially underway.
The Cyclones hosted Jackson on an unofficial visit Aug. 7-9 before leaving for Spain, and the JUCO point guard said then he would commit at the end of September.
So much for that plan.
Jackson called coaches at Virginia Tech and Ole Miss on Sunday to cancel scheduled official visits and chose to end his recruitment one month early. He starts a recruiting class that will see Iowa State eventually fill at least six scholarships.
“I really liked the coaches there,” Jackson said of why he committed now. “I think it’s going to be a great situation for me and for my family. I just think it was best for me to commit today and I’m pretty excited about it.”
Jackson, who averaged 13.6 points per game as a freshman at Iowa Western on 46 percent from the field (he hit 66 of his 164 three-point attempts), has the ability to play both point guard and two-guard. He could replace Monte Morris if he chooses to leave early for the NBA, or he could help compliment him.
“I’m very capable of scoring and I’m very capable of dishing the rock, so that’s what I’m going to try to do,” Jackson said. “I would just say I’m an up-tempo type of player. I push the ball, I know when to settle down and when to make sure the tempo is at the right pace. I’m very capable of scoring, I can score in bunches, and then on top of that I can get everybody involved while I’m doing that.”
And now, he'll be doing it at Iowa State.
“I’m kind of glad that the recruiting process is over because I’ve been wanting to make this decision,” Jackson said. “I’m just pretty proud of myself. I had zero scholarships coming out of high school and now I’ve turned myself into a Cyclone.”