That sort of thing can happen when one of the top point guard prospects in the Class of 2012 wears a pair of KU socks – his "lucky socks," no less – to a national AAU event.
Nino Jackson has made no secret of his feelings for the Jayhawks,
naming them the favorite at this early stage in his recruitment. Last
weekend, the super-athletic floor general made his way to Lawrence for
the first time, to attend Head Coach Bill Self's annual Elite camp, and
thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
"I had a good weekend," he said. "That was my first time seeing all the
new facilities and stuff, the new locker rooms and all the good stuff
In addition to taking in the recent upgrades and additions made to the
basketball facilities on campus, the two-day camp gave Jackson and the
other attendees the chance to scrimmage with and against members of the
current Jayhawks team.
Driving the lane against established college stars like twin junior
forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris proved to be an invaluable – and
really cool – learning experience.
"I've still got a little bit to do," Jackson said, of improving his own
game before he becomes college-ready. "I played against (fellow
Oklahoman) C.J. Henry, and matched up with him. It was cool playing
against college guys."
Of his performance, Jackson felt he represented himself in front of the
Kansas coaches well, adding that Self had singled him out during
meetings and on the court for his play.
Though no official scholarship offer is forthcoming as of yet, he said
the Kansas coaches made their interest in him clear.
"They said now they're about to start recruiting me pretty hard,"
Jackson on Display for KU Coaches
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