Jackson on Display for KU Coaches

Perhaps no prospect on the University of Kansas' radar has caused as much of a stir with Jayhawk fans this summer as Ardmore, Okla. native Nino Jackson.

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 they've got."

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 said.

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