RECRUITING: 'Cats atop wish list for Tory Jackson

Saginaw (Mich.) Buena Vista junior Tory Jackson,'s No. 46 prospect in the junior class, told us last week a trio of schools led for his services.

Tory Jackson, a 5-foot-11 point guard out of Saginaw, Mich., should be one of the top point guards in the Class of 2006. He begins his junior season at's No. 46 prospect. However, before he turns his attention to the hardwood, there's the matter of being the quarterback on his football team.

Jackson thinks football sharpens his leadership skills. "It kind of makes me stronger and ready for the basketball season," Jackson said. "Just being a leader out there and showing everybody where they should go … just telling them to make it up next time if they make a mistake. It's the same thing as basketball."

Last season, Jackson led Buena Vista by scoring 24.5 points, 8 assists and 4 steals a game. He was a standout on the circuit with the Michigan Hurricanes.

"I had an OK freshman year but it was my sophomore when I really broke out. All the colleges were paying attention to me and my ratings went up. I can get better than I was last year, this year I'm more aggressive."

In speaking with Jackson last week, it's important to understand that three schools have emerged. Michigan, Florida and Kentucky are his early favorites but he's waiting on offers from each.

Meanwhile, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Syracuse and Michigan State have shown interest.

Jackson will take his time and go through the process. "A lot of [schools] said they were impressed and they encourage me to take my time making a decision because a lot of people like to commit early. To me that's not good. I like to see my options. Just by someone coming down here and telling you they want you to come, that doesn't mean you know anything about their schools."

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