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It was obvious this past summer that Patrick Jackson has the skill level to play high division one basketball. And many basketball programs, especially in the New York City area, felt the same way.

Jackson, 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, demonstrated during the July evaluation period more confidence and a higher level of consistency in producing on the offensive side of the ball.

Certainly his game changed for the better. And Jackson also changed high schools, switching from Jack Alesi's Xaverian High School in Brooklyn to Boy's and Girls High School, staying in the borough to play his final year of hoops.

Jackson is projected as a small forward in college and previously had college interest from Virginia Tech, St. John's, Houston and Iowa State. His summer helped propel a more intense recruiting interest in his skills.

Below are thoughts from Frank Mantesta and Mike Sullivan on Patrick Jackson's individual game:

STRENGTHS: Patrick produced a better summer of consistency in his offensive game. If he is able to score from 12-15 feet out and also utilize his rebounding skills, Rutgers head coach Fred Hill will be very happy with Jackson as a college player.

AREA TO IMPROVE: Like most high school players, Patrick needs to be more consistent in his approach to each defensive procession. But he has proven he does work hard so it's our belief this area will improve this season.

EVALUATION: Patrick is a 6-foot-6 small forward who has a decent handle, can score inside, rebound and is improving his medium range jumper.

He has the size and length to be an impact player at Rutgers and in the Big East Conference. Playing along side with a big man like Christian Morris will also make Jackson an even more effective player.

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