Hoops: Texas JUCO Big Man Visits USF

This past weekend Coach Stan Heath and the Bulls hosted several hoops prospects, with one of them being Lee College big man Andre Jackson.

This past weekend Coach Stan Heath and the Bulls hosted several hoops prospects, with one of them being Lee College big man Andre Jackson.

Jackson, a 6-foot-10, 295-pound center that plays for Lee College in Baytown Texas, took a trip to Tampa to check out the Bulls, and came away impressed.

"It was a good weekend down in Tampa," said Jackson. "I really enjoyed myself throughout the weekend."

Jackson arrived in Tampa on Friday with his coach and father and spent the weekend touring the city, campus and got a chance to see what being at USF would be like.

"It was a good weekend seeing everything, I had a nice tour of the campus, and got to watch the football game" said Jackson. "I think it was a real good environment, good instructors, coaches and a good squad of players."

Jackson who's a sophomore at Lee, wants to major in hotel management, and was impressed with what he saw on the academic side of the ball.

"Academically I'm real high on them now," said Jackson. "I feel like it's a place that if I needed any help, they be able to provide the assistance for me."

The Lee standout got to see the Bulls facilities and all the construction surrounding the 30-million dollars in upgrades going on in the USF athletic village.

"To tell you the truth I liked everything I saw the way they are right now," said Jackson. "But they're going to make it even better, it's going to be real nice, so that's good to."

Andre also got to go watch the USF football team beat Western Kentucky Saturday night and enjoyed the experience.

"The game was a lot of fun, said Jackson. "They got a real good team and it was a fun experience, there was a pretty good crowd there to."

Jackson was hosted by USF point guard Shedrick Haynes for the weekend and also got to meet the team, and liked how they were as a tem on and off the court.

"Shedrick was a real cool dude, I like him a lot," said Jackson. "I really enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the players. I thought that on the basketball court and off of it, they had like a brotherhood or a fellowship. All of them seemed like brothers, even though there all from different places, and I liked that."

Another one of the strong points for the Bulls is the impression that Coach Heath and Coach Cox have made on Jackson throughout his recruitment.

"Coach Heath, I really love the guy," said Jackson. "He kept it honest with me, took the time to break down stuff for me, and he and Coach Cox are real good dudes."

The 6'10 Jackson plays center for Lee, averaging 9.6 points a game and 8 rebounds as a freshman and that's what the Bulls are recruiting him for.

"They want me to come in and be the five, the center," said Jackson. "I think I can come in and do very well there."

Jackson played his prep days at L.G. Pinkston High School in Texas, averaging 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in 2007, helping lead Pinkston to the State playoffs the last two years. He was the seventh-ranked center in the state of Texas and was named one of its Top 100 players, earning First Team All-District honors his last two years, and also lettered in football. Jackson committed to Southern Mississippi over North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M and Wichita State in 2007, before transferring to Lee College.

Since his freshman season at Lee, Jackson said he's lost a lot of body weight and has worked hard to get better conditioned, but still has more he wants to work on.

"My best assets I believe is when I get in the post, I can use my body and my size to my advantage," said Jackson. "I lost a lot of weight and I still have more to go. I want to keep working on my conditioning, my shot, and improve in my all around game."

Jackson said that he didn't know all the team that have offered, and said lot of teams were showing interest like Tennessee, Memphis, and Utah, but did know where the Bulls stand.

"Right now all I know is that I really like USF a lot," said Jackson. "They are my top choice right now."

This was Jackson's first official visit and with practice and his season right around the corner, said he probably won't take any more in the near future.

"I probably won't take any more visits for awhile," said Jackson. "Right now I'm focused on the season, being the best that I can be, and making my team and teammates better."

Jackson said he looking at being an early signee, so stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on his recruitment.

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