Having already grabbed sophomore Rob Wilson from Garfield Heights, Wisconsin has added the state of Ohio to its list of priority states and is currently recruiting a number of prospects from the Buckeye state in the class of 2011. One of the Badgers top targets within Ohio is junior point guard Traevon Jackson from Westerville High, a player the Badgers have already offered a scholarship.
Jackson, son of NBA star and current Big Ten Network broadcaster Jimmy Jackson, has been recruited by the Badgers for almost a year now and has developed a good relationship with assistant coach Greg Gard.
"I would say they started recruiting me during the spring of last year," Jackson told Badger Nation. "It picked up more in the summertime and then it really picked up before the season started and right now during the season . . . Coach Gard is doing most of my recruiting, I talk to Coach Ryan every so often as well, but Coach (Gard) and I really have a good relationship."
A strong desire to win basketball games is a high priority on both ends of the relationship and has left both Jackson and the Badger coaching staff with a great deal of mutual admiration.
"(Gard) likes my team attitude and that I always want to win," Jackson said. "Wisconsin always has a winning program and he like the toughness I have as well."
Overall, Jackson remains impressed with a number of aspects within both the Wisconsin basketball program and the university itself.
"Besides the basketball program, the whole campus is great and it is definitely a sports town," he said. "Also, the business school is very nice and I got a chance to sit down with them and I do like that they win a lot. Coach Ryan is a great coach, they are in the Big Ten, they play a tough schedule and they develop their players."
Outside of Wisconsin, Jackson has scholarship offers from Miami (OH), Ohio, Cleveland State, Akron and Arizona State. Jackson is looking for a program that has strong academics, is a consistent winner and will help take his game to the next level.
"First off, school comes first," he said. "I want a school with good academics. I plan on majoring in business and obviously Wisconsin has that. I am also looking for a winning program that helps me advance as a player and gets me to the next level; those are the three main things I am looking for in a program."
Jackson plans on making a decision after his current high school season and does not have an early favorite.
"I have five main schools (Dayton, Miami (OH), Akron, Arizona State and Wisconsin)," he said. "I do not have any favorites right now and still have a few more visits. I would like to make a decision after the season but if I don't feel like it's the right time then I will wait but probably before the summer and after the season."
Jackson already visited Wisconsin during the fall for the football game against Michigan and stayed for UW basketball's season opener against IPFW. Jackson would like to visit again, although there has not been a visit set up.