Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco junior forward Vance Jackson currently holds an offer from schools throughout the country. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound four-star is already extremely skilled, but has been working on taking his game to the next level.
"As a parent, it is never easy to look at your child and pick out his weaknesses,” Vance Jackson Sr. said.
“One of the things we really wanted to work on was his ball handling. This generation of basketball players can really do it all, and being on the perimeter, it is important to be able to handle the ball with both hands. We also worked on his body (strength) as well. This is Vance’s first year truly lifting weights, so we eased him into that and it is going well.”
Vance Jr. is not close to deciding on a school yet, but his father says the family is enjoying Vance’s recruiting process and they are excited to see how everything plays out going forward.“The process is going great, no complaints,” he said. “Not much has changed recently, nothing new has popped up in the last month or so.
“The focus is becoming better, and the offers will come. UCLA has not offered yet, but they’ve been at three or four practices so far.”
Jackson holds a hosts of offers at the moment from a lot of prominent basketball schools, one of them being Arizona. Sean Miller and his staff have aggressively recruited Jackson and the family loves the Arizona staff.“As the time passes, we will be looking at a lot of schools,” Vance Sr. said. “It is important to find the schools that offer the best environment in and out of basketball. “Arizona is nice because they have a solid tradition. They’re a basketball school and they have a great education, which truly matters to me the most. I like the coaching staff. I like Sean and what he has done with the program, and they have a lot of good stuff going on there.”
Throughout Arizona’s recruitment of Vance, the coaching staff has been pitching him on its system being the perfect fit for him.
“They like him a lot, and think Arizona is a great fit for a player with his style,” Vance Sr. said. “They play a more free style of basketball, and Miller has noticed Vance likes that.
"It’s not always about getting the rebound and finding the point guard. Anyone with the ball handling skills can grab a rebound and go.”