Jackson Earning Early Attention

2016 four-star Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco small forward Vance Jackson is one of the better shooters in the West and the Bruins have been on him heavily...

2016 four-star small forward Vance Jackson is one of the better shooters in his class, and he demonstrated some of that skill this past weekend at the Pangos All-American Camp, flashing deep range at points during the camp games. At about 6'7, if he can develop a strong inside game to complement his outside shooting, he could be a dangerous offensive player at the college level.

His shooting ability has certainly attracted high major attention, with offers coming in from Connecticut, Arizona, and Arizona State, and heavy interest from California, Washington, Texas, Gonzaga, UCLA, and USC.

"They're all coming after me hard," Jackson said. "There's definitely more, too, but that's all I can think of at the moment. UCLA and USC are (close to offering), but they're just waiting a little bit to see more of me."

Jackson says the majority of schools are recruiting him as a wing, but he hopes to use his size to give him some versatility at the next level.

"I feel like at my height, I can pretty much do it all," Jackson said. "I can bring guys outside and shoot over them, and then I can work inside as well."

Interestingly, Jackson grew up a UCLA fan, with his dad being a longtime Bruin supporter, but he says it shouldn't affect his recruitment.

"My dad, he watched UCLA because he liked UCLA," Jackson said. "So growing up, I used to watch UCLA and see UCLA in the Tournament and stuff. But now, I'm just neutral, I watch everything."

The Bruins are one of the few schools recruiting the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco product the hardest, though.

"I talk to every coach there," Jackson said. "Coach Alford, Coach Grace. I've talked to all of them. I visited up there on my birthday last year with my whole family, and it was fun, a really good experience."

Still in the early stages of the process, Jackson said he has no plans for visits this summer, focusing instead on the camp and AAU circuit.

"i'll do most of my visits next year," Jackson said. "I'm definitely waiting until my senior year to make a decision, but I don't know when in my senior year."

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