Those looking for the electric point guard in his native Ardmore, Okla. these days can likely find him on the hardwood somewhere, sweating through another workout.
"We have practice Monday, Tuesday and usually Friday," said Nino Jackson, one of the top floor generals in the Class of 2012. "In
between and the days we don't have practice, I still work out. Just on
the court drills."
As a prominent member of the Oklahoma City-based Athletes First AAU
squad – one of many high-profile teams sponsored by Nike – Jackson has
already hit his fair share of tournaments during the summer season.
Included among those have been stops in Hampton, Va., Houston and Los
Angeles to take part in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League, at which
the team had the chance to test their mettle against some of the top
basketball talent in the country.
The team has played fairly well, taking a 7-7 record into the upcoming
EYBL finals in North Augusta, S.C.at the annual Peach Jam tournament,
and Jackson has made the most of the exposure. He was recently ranked
as the No. 41 player in the Class of 2012 by Scout.com, and his
recruitment has taken off.
"We've been playing good so far," Jackson said, of the team. "And I've
played good. I've blown up this year."
With juniors-to-be now able to receive one phone call a month from
college coaches, Jackson has spent his fair share of time on the phone.
Among the numerous programs recruiting him, he said five schools in
particular are recruiting him the hardest.
"Oklahoma, Baylor, Arkansas, Kansas and Indiana," Jackson said. "Those
five are (recruiting him) the most."
From that group, Jackson recently earned his first scholarship offer,
after attending camp in Waco, TX with Head Coach Scott Drew and the
Bears. At the camp's conclusion, the Baylor head man approached him
with some good news.
"It felt really good when he offered me," Jackson said.
For now, Jackson is focused on improving his game and finishing out the
summer strong – not thinking about when he'll narrow down his list of
But one thing is for certain: He's just enjoying the ride.
"It's not stressful," he said, of the recruiting process. "It's just
No Rest for Jackson
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