DANIELS: Dante Jackson has long list

The Spiece Run N' Slam in Fort Wayne, IN showcased a lot of young talent, and among the talented was Dante Jackson. Jackson, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 185 pounds, displayed his athleticism throughout the tournament and was the main reason his team, the Cincinnati Cowboys, made it to the sweet 16 of the 64 team tournament.

The Spiece Run N' Slam in Fort Wayne, IN showcased a lot of young talent, and among the talented was Dante Jackson. Jackson, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 185 pounds, displayed his athleticism throughout the tournament and was the main reason his team, the Cincinnati Cowboys, made it to the sweet 16 of the 64 team tournament.

The Greenfield, Ohio native led his high school team to the district championship, and a record of 22-3 this past year. In the 25 games Jackson played, he averaged nearly a triple-double scoring 27 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and tossing out 7 assists per game.

With the kind of numbers Jackson put up, he received all kinds of accolades including First Team All-Ohio and Southeast District Player of the Year.

At this point the 2007 prospect only has offers from Xavier, Dayton, and North Carolina State, but he said he has a large list of schools recruiting him. Jackson said Kentucky, Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, N.C. State, Michigan, and Nebraska were all actively recruiting him.

So who from his list sticks out? According to Jackson there are three schools that hold an edge right now, and Kentucky was listed as one of them.

"Kentucky because Tubby Smith is an excellent coach," Jackson said when asked of his favorites. "He coaches his defense excellent."

Another school Jackson said has a good shot at landing him is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been the main talk of the early recruiting season, and that's due to Thad Matta, and the outstanding job he has done so far.

"Ohio State obviously because Thad Matta is doing a great job in his first season," Jackson said.

The third leader of Jackson's list is a local school that could provide more early playing time.

"Dayton also because I would probably get a little more playing time at Dayton because Coach Gregory tends to play freshmen and sophomores a lot more that Coach Tubby Smith and Thad Matta."

Jackson, who plays at McClain HS in Ohio, said that he would like to have his decision made by the middle of his junior season. So what will factor into his decision the most?

"Probably playing time, and whether or not we're going to be able to win," Jackson responded. "My whole goal in college is to first get an education and second to win a national championship. That's just a couple of goals going into college."


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