Point Target: Tyrone Jackson

The Terps search continues for a backup point guard and the latest name comes 3,000 miles away. Tyrone Jackson is a strong floor leader who nearly ended up at Fresno State, but it now considering Maryland, among others.

The Maryland coaching staff's search for a backup point guard continued last week with a stop in Central California. Fresno City College starting point guard Tyrone Jackson has caught the attention of the Terps and other high-major programs.

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore combo guard is leading the Fresno City College Rams to 28-3 record while averaging 24 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds per game.

"Tyrone is one of those guys who doesn't do anything great...he just does everything good," said Fresno City College coach Vance Walberg, who also coached Jackson at Clovis West High (Fresno, Calif.).

"I'm just an all around player. I do a lot of things well," added Jackson, Fresno City's leading scorer on a team averaging 108 points per game.

Jackson averaged 21.1 points per game last season for the 38-2 Rams before losing in the state finals to Los Angeles City College.

"Tyrone just knows how to win," said Walberg.

Jackson initially committed to Fresno St. in August, but after NCAA sanctions cost Fresno some scholarships they were forced to retract the offer to last year's Central Valley Conference MVP. The recruiting battle is now wide open.

Washington, Washington State, USC and Arizona St from the Pac-10 have all offered along with BYU, San Diego St and St. Mary's. Connecticut took a heavy look but decided to pass.

Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos spoke with Walberg last week, and in the process of scheduling to see Jackson play in person.

"Style of play, good coach and close to home," Jackson said are the three most important factors in deciding which school he will attend.

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