Heels Among Jackson's Finalists

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson traveled to see Spring (Tex.) HCYA standout Justin Jackson on Tuesday night. And they'll see him again very soon.

Jackson scored 34 points matched up against fellow 2014 elite recruit Justise Winslow in Tuesday's HCYA win over St. John's.

"I talked to Coach Robinson on the way home after he left the gym - I think my dad talked to Coach Williams this morning," Jackson said.

"They just said they wanted to come see me. They are supposed to be coming in for a visit the 16th ... They just came up for the game. They are coming in on the 16th for an in-home visit"

After sifting through a long list of high major scholarship offers, Justin Jackson announced his six finalists on Wednesday: Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Virginia and Washington.

"I felt like we didn't want to let a situation slip by or just let time keep passing with whatever school I might want to go to and didn't want them to go away," Jackson said.

"We sat down and tried to figure out the best place for me to go and have success," he added. "Those six are the ones that I'm most comfortable with as far as the coaching staffs."

Jackson has already taken unofficial visits to Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

"We are going to want to visit to Washington and Virginia, but I'm not sure when," the five-star wing said.

Jackson went through his final six and discussed what he likes about each:

Arizona: "The coaching staff. Coach [Sean] Miller's a great guy first of all. Obviously he's one of the best coaches. When I went there for the visit I sort of felt at home with the guys and the staff. All the stuff that they have there for the basketball program is pretty amazing."

North Carolina: "North Carolina, obviously the program speaks for itself. Coach [Roy] Williams is one the best to ever coach. Whenever I went there, I guess for Late Night, I felt at home. All the support that they get, it was cool to see. Coaching staff, environment and just program came together for them to be there."

Ohio State: "Ohio State I think they are one of the ones that have been recruiting me for the longest. I have a really good relationship with coach [Thad] Matta and the assistants. On that visit, obviously they have some of the best things there for athletes and stuff like that. I think the main thing with them is the relationship with the coaches."

Texas A&M: "They are one of the local ones. Coach [John] Reese, I've known him through AAU. J'Mych [Reese] played on my team. I have a good relationship with them. Coach [Billy] Kennedy is a pretty good guy. They are local and that one was pretty much about the relationships with the coaches."

Virginia: "Virginia was coach [Tony] Benentt and coach [Ritchie] McKay. They are the main ones recruiting me. They are Godly people and Godly men. For me my relationship with God becomes before anything else. For me having a coaching staff with the same beliefs really is intriguing for me and that's the reason."

Washington: "Actually coach [Lorenzo] Romar has been recruiting me for the past three or four years. He's a great guy. I can sit down and talk to him and feel like I can tell him anything. For me it was about building relationships with them and I feel like I'd be at home going to Washington and playing under Romar."

Jackson said the next step in this process is to start setting up official visits.

"Now we can take officials, I don't know if we will take all the officials," he said. "I think we are going to evaluate each six and see where I fit in. I think we are going to set up some visits sometime, maybe after the season."

A 6-foot-7 five-star wing, Jackson ranks as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2014 recruiting class by Scout.com.

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