Analysis and Highlights: Josh Jackson

Oct. 18 -- Scout's number two 2016 prospect, Josh Jackson, was one of the top performers at USA Basketball's Junior National Minicamp. Here are highlights and analysis of the five-star Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep small forward from the event...

Analysis: Josh Jackson was arguably the top performer in Colorado Springs. The 6-foot-7 small forward is a freak athlete who, defensively, will be able to guard most positions on the court at the college level. He's a competitive kid who has an elite approach to the game on the defensive end he brought that mentality to this event. Jackson's talent on defense don't just apply to on the ball, but he also plays the passing lanes well and is a terrific out of area rebounder for the position.

Offensively, Jackson's physical gifts and motor make him a tough player to stop in transition, as he gets down the court quickly and makes it easy for teammates passing up court. The lack of ball pressure in transition makes driving to the basket easier, but he also has impressive vision and is an unselfish player who did a good job finding open teammates. He scores on the offensive glass and has pretty good touch so he finishes well around the rim.

While he'll ultimately need to improve his handle, it's adequate at this stage of his development. Jackson has improved his jumper and hit some difficult step-backs from deep in midrange, but that will be another place for him to improve for him to hit his ceiling. These are the two areas of his game which will determine his ultimate success as a player.

Nothing that happened at this event would make Scout second guess its choice for Jackson as its number two prospect in 2016. His elite physical gifts, competitive spirit and motor give him an extremely high floor on defense, and his handle and jumper have both made steady progress over the last three years, giving hope for the future.

Recruiting: The three teams to beat for Jackson, according to sources, are Arizona, Kansas and Michigan State. He's also considering Maryland and UCLA.

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