6'1" 185 pound guard Demetrius Jackson from Mishawaka Ind. has been hoping for a Michigan offer. Thursday he spent the day in Ann Arbor to fully take in what the Wolverines had to offer. As it turns out, the Maize and Blue 'had Jackson to offer'.
"We spent the whole day with the coaching staff and touring the university
and seeing all of the things we haven't seen before," Jackson told
GoBlueWolverine. "I got to play with the players and go up and down
a little bit. After that we met with coach again, and they told me they have
a certain process they like to go through before offering. Some of the
things consist of: is he a player that's going to get better, is he a good
player, does he have good grades and is he a good person. So they have the
little check list, and they told me I had everything checked off. He told
me they really feel like I have the drive to become a better player, and so
they offered me."
Jackson came out of the visit extremely impressed by the Wolverine
"It was really, really fun. What made it the most exciting was that I was
with good people. The coaches are really funny and you really connect to
them. They know how to reach out to you, and it was just fun to be around
them all day. I really enjoyed myself, and I had a smile on my face most of
the day. That is what kind've stood out."
Part of the visit was an open gym run with the current Wolverines, including
incoming freshmen Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge.
"Carlton and I actually had a competitive little stretch there, and so we're
kind've like the same people, so we kind of went at it -- in a good way though.
I'm blessed, because not everyone has this opportunity to play with college
basketball players, so I was thankful and really appreciative towards
Michigan, because not everyone has this opportunity."
While the visit was a memorable one, Jackson remains open to all of his
options and intends on exploring every option.
"They're a great university and great school and great program overall. I'm
kind of still wide open, and I plan to go out at my own speed, because this is
going to be the most important decision of my life. You never want to
regret an important decision, and you try to make the best decision you can,
and by that you can only take time. It won't hurt me to take any more
With remaining open during his process, Jackson doesn't expect a decision to
come anytime soon.
"I don't really have a timeline. Probably by the end of my junior year,
even maybe a little bit before. I just want to go at my own speed. I know
there are other point guards offered and they may not think the same way. They
may want to commit sooner, but, like I said, I can only help me and go with
myself. I just want to take my time and make the best decision possible, and
keep developing as a player."
Jackson is one of the few guards that the Wolverines have extended an offer
to in the 2013 class, but that won't rush his decision. It's a process the
Maize and Blue understand and appreciate from the youngster.
"We didn't actually set it on the table, but it's been inferred. They
explained to me they want me to take my time because this is an important
decision. They don't want me to come because there are only so many spots
left. They want you to come there because you truly want to be a
In the meantime, Jackson and his family will continue their process and hope
for a return visit to Ann Arbor to catch one thing they've not witnessed
"Right now we don't have a set date and time. But I feel that's a good
atmosphere, so whenever they want to invite me down and invite my family
down, we're more than thankful to come down. They talked a little bit about
coming to a football or basketball game. I've been to a football game there
with the coaching staff, but I haven't been to a basketball game, so I
haven't seen what Crisler Arena is all about yet."
Demetrius Jackson Talks Michigan Offer
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