Jackson Atop His Game

HOUSTON --- With Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson on hand, signee Justin Jackson put together the signature performance of the Hoopsgiving event on Wednesday.

Up against Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist, Jackson, of Spring (Tex.) HCYA, scored 38 points on 14-for-20 shooting, plus added 10 rebounds, tossed out four assists and recorded three blocks.

"I thought it was pretty good," Jackson said of his performance. "The first half I came out really aggressive and the second half they started to double team me a lot and triple team me. I just tried to get my teammates involved."

As Jackson mentioned, he started the game aggressively scoring 12 points just four minutes into the game. Jackson hunted shots from mid-range, the post and even hit a three in the early stretch. In all, he scored 18 points through the first quarter.

As the game wore on, Second Baptist double teamed Jackson and also began to get more physical with him. Despite their efforts, Jackson played his normal game, plus went to the offensive glass with more aggression.

"Definitely most of the teams we play aren't going to have someone that can guard me outside and inside," Jackson said. "I try to go in and work on all aspects of my game."

Jackson's scoring arsenal is impressive. His mid-range game is his obvious strength, as he's comfortable pulling up for jumpers from that area and also has arguably the best floater in high school basketball.

Jackson said he's focused on improving in two areas this season.

"Definitely get stronger and just get my three-point shot back," Jackson said. "I've been working on it."

With the win, HCYA improved to 6-2 on the season. Jackson has recorded six straight double-doubles and five straight scoring totals in excess of 30 points.

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