Louisville jumps in the mix for top '14 wing

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The names of a few new prospects always pop up during the July evaluation periods for college basketball programs. It's no different for Louisville. The Cardinals are now recruiting one of the top prospects in the Class of 2014 after evaluating him several times last week.

Louisville has been in contact with Spring, Tx., small forward Justin Jackson and are expected to try and get involved with the Scout.com No. 15 ranked player in '14.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound Jackson played with his Houston Hoops team in front of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and assistants Kevin Keatts and Wyking Jones.

"They said they're recruiting me," Jackson told Cardinal Authority. "And right now, I am still wide open. Any school that is recruiting me, I'm interested in.

"I haven't narrowed anything at this point."

In an interview during the Peach Jam, Jackson listed offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Washington, Oklahoma and Georgetown. He said U of L was in contact, along with Duke, North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Kansas, and Maryland among a few others.

Jackson, who attends Homeschool Christian Youth Association, has schools from all over in contact and said he "doesn't have any favorites."

"I want to go to a school with a good coaching staff because of the need to get close to the staff," he said. "Academics are really big for me.

"My parents are keeping me grounded, making sure all of the (attention) doesn't go to my head. I try not to pay attention to it all. I just need to improve."

Jackson said his contact with the U of L staff was still new but noted, "I like how they play from watching them on TV."

During his play at Peach Jam, Jackson showed a lot of overall improvement. He has become more, especially in rebounding, and noted he's getting stronger.

"I am starting to get there on defense," he said. "I realize I still need to get stronger, that's my main weakness. I just need to keep getting better."

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