Nino Jackson helped lead Athlete's First to two victories on the day (and a 3rd via forfeit), showing great offensive and defensive potential throughout. His greatest asset, right now, is his elite athleticism. Jackson is a jet on the court, with both amazing quickness and track-level speed. He's also quite the leaper, as we saw in a few acrobatic dunks.
Looking forward, though, Nino's future is clearly at the point guard
position. He already shows vision of the entire court, consistently
making quality passes to either side or either post. He tends to be a
bit flashy with his passes and makes a few too many "no-look" plays
when they probably were unnecessary. But, there is no question that
Jackson sees the floor at an elite level and can make almost any pass
in the book.
As a scorer, Jackson uses his tight handle on the ball for devastating
crossovers and quick hesitation moves. When matched up with a man
defender (a rarity, as almost every opponent elected to zone against
Athletes First), Nino was able to break them down with ease. His
lateral quickness is impressive, but it's the speed at which he
accelerates off those moves that make him so tough to defend.
From the perimeter, Jackson displayed a solid (if streaky) jumper. He
explodes off the ground for his shot, shooting high above most
defenders. His release mechanics are sound and consistent, but his high
elevation tends to drift him a bit from shot to shot. When Jackson is
set and elevating vertically, his range is well out beyond the
Defensively, it's unclear just how good Jackson is on the ball as he
spends the majority of his time hounding the passing lines looking for
steals. He has long arms and big hands which, along with his excellent
quickness, allow him to get his fingers to quite a few of those passes.
Because Athletes First tends to stick with a zone (especially this
weekend, with only 7 players in attendance), Jackson didn't spend much
time defending any opponent in a 1v1 situation.
With such great tools to work with and what appears to be a great
personality and work ethic, it's hard to envision young Mr. Jackson as
anything but a success at the next level.
Phog First Look: Nino Jackson
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