Trip Report - Vance Jackson

Vance Jackson, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound freshman forward, officially visited Washington recently after declaring his intent to transfer from Connecticut.

Jackson, who prepped at Prolific Prep in Napa, California, played in 32 games for the Huskies last year, starting 21 of them. He averaged 26 minutes, 8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point distance. 

“I score the ball at all three levels,” Jackson told Thursday. “I think I rebound really well. Defense, I’m a good defender. I’m also able to make plays for my teammates with my passing.”

He added that he’s trying to improve coming off pick and rolls and creating more. His harshest critic? Himself. 

In the quest to maximize his abilities, Jackson decided that the east coast wasn’t working for him anymore.

“It wasn’t the right fit for me,” Jackson said. “I feel personally I wanted to do more.”

Now that he’s become a recruitable athlete again, Jackson has four schools that he’s focused on, although more could be added to the mix. He’s already officially visited Rutgers and Washington. 

“I have a couple more,” Jackson said when asked about any other official visits. “I might visit San Diego State - that’s not official yet. I have Baylor June 16th.”

Were there any connections between Jackson and Washington before his official visit? “I know Carlos (Johnson),” Jackson said. “I know David Crisp. I knew Markelle (Fultz) when he was up there too.”

Jackson was asked to sum up his UW official trip. “Everything was nice,” he said. “The campus is one of the nicest campuses I’ve seen. Just the players, hanging out with the players, they are all good people to hang out with. I could see myself playing with them. I felt comfortable with the coaching staff.”

Jackson added that he’s dealing with the whole UW coaching staff during his recruitment, but mostly with Will Conroy and new Head Coach Mike Hopkins. 

“(UW coaches) just want me to play my game, just be the basketball player I know I am,” Jackson said. “They really have no limitations on what I can do. They just want me to play, showcase my abilities.”

After the Baylor visit in June, Jackson said he’ll sit down and come to a final decision on where he will transfer to. Per transfer rules, Jackson will have to sit out the 2017-18 season and then have three years to play three after that. Top Stories