Former Brooklyn Star Hoping For Big East Trip

Reporter Brian Towey tracked down former Brooklyn star Jamel Jackson, who is now playing basketball at a JUCO. Jackson discussed his recruiting process and his hopes of taking a Big East campus visit ...

At one time, Jamel Jackson was set for Seton Hall. After an admissions snafu, however, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound shooting guard returned to Technical Career Institutes in New York City for his sophomore year.

Jackson still harbors hopes of playing in the Big East. At the moment, one school is on the brain.

"There's been a couple of schools that have come in to see me, like Kansas State and DePaul, " said Jackson. "But I'm looking at Marquette right now."

Jackson, a Coney Island native and one-time Lincoln High School standout, says that he is strongly leaning towards Marquette. Central Florida is also involved. A visit to the Big East school is in the works.

"I'm supposed to visit (Marquette) soon," said Jackson. "We haven't been able to schedule a visit because of our (team) schedule."

Jackson was unable to attend Marquette's Midnight Madness festivities on Saturday because T.C.I. had committed to play at Rick Ball's JUCO Jamboree at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J. However, Jackson and his coach are working to get him out to Milwaukee soon.

"(The visit to Marquette) is going to be finalized," said T.C.I. coach Pernell Hosier. "We're going to try and get him out in the next week before the start of our season."

Jackson committed in May to Seton Hall with three years of playing eligibility remaining. However, a summer school course at T.C.I. was not accepted by Seton Hall's admissions department because the grade was too low. Jackson was unable to meet the minimum credit requirements for admission and enroll for the fall semester at Seton Hall.

"I got a C-minus in the course and Seton Hall could only take a C or better," said Jackson.

Seton Hall is no longer recruiting Jackson, according to the player.

A noted shooter, Jackson averaged 21.6 points per game last season at T.C.I. and shot 47 percent from 3-point range.

Jackson is hoping to wrap up his recruitment soon. That being said, he'd like to visit Marquette before making any moves.

"I'm just going to wait and see when I'm able to get out there (before I make my decision)," said Jackson.

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