Jackson-Wilson Arrives In Columbus

OSU basketball signee Jermyl Jackson-Wilson from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy showed up in Columbus this past week and began playing in the McDonald's Summer League. Click more on this interesting prospect.

Reporters had a chance Thursday to catch up with OSU men's basketball signee Jermyl Jackson-Wilson at the McDonald's Summer League.

The 6-7, 220-pound Jackson-Wilson projects as a power forward at the college level. He is a graduate of Milwaukee's Rufus King High School, but he spent an extra post-graduate year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy.

"I am excited and ready to do big things to help the team," Jackson-Wilson said. "I just want to help the team out and get back to the (NCAA) tournament."

Obviously, Jackson-Wilson is in a state of limbo since head coach Jim O'Brien's firing nearly three weeks ago. But he said he is committed to enrolling at Ohio State.

"I'm just going to play for whoever is here," he said. "I don't have any say in that. I don't know anything about it."

When asked what he brings to the table as a basketball player, Jackson-Wilson said, "Hard work. That's basically what I do. Anything the team needs. I just want to win."

Jackson-Wilson stepped right in and mixed it up in the MSL, playing alongside future teammate Matt Sylvester for Andrew Insurance. He had nine points in his first outing and eight more in his second.

"This is the first time I've played in a league like this," he said. "It's a good experience to get to play with everybody. It's a little more physical than it is back home.

"I really didn't watch basketball a lot when I was younger. This is my first time seeing Scoonie Penn. He can play. That guy can move."

Jackson-Wilson, rated by Hoop Scoop Online as the No. 46 prep player nationally, averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds a game as a senior at Rufus King.

His high school team won the Wisconsin state title with a 26-0 record as a senior. He was an all-city and all-area selection for the No. 1-rated team in Wisconsin and the No. 17-rated team nationally in the USA Today Poll in 2003.

At Fork Union, he stepped it up a notch. He helped the post-graduate team post a 27-5 mark against other prep schools and small college squads. He averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds a game.

"The military school helped me more mentally and really get focused," Jackson-Wilson said. "Being away from home and at a military school, it's hard to not be able to talk to your parents. That helped me get used to being away from home.

"As long as we were winning, I was happy."

Jackson-Wilson admitted it is weird that the staff that brought him to OSU may not be here with him in the years ahead.

"I talked to all of the coaches pretty regularly during my recruitment," he said. "This was a shock. But I know I have to take whatever happens as it goes. I just have to play."

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