NJ Guard Preparing Himself For D-1 Level

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a free player profile look at the individual game of guard Tamir Jackson, who competed for Jimmy Salmon's AAU program, The Playaz Club, over the summer and into the Fall over at IS8 in South Jamaica, New York ...

PLAYER PROFILE UPDATE: Tamir Jackson

HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 1/2

WEIGHT: 176 Pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey

AAU TEAM: Playaz Club of New Jersey, the Senior team

PLAYAZ CLUB PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Jimmy Salmon

POSITIONS: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

CLASS: 2009, a current senior

COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Rice

PREVIOUS COLLEGE INTERESTS: UAB, St. John's, Clemson, Maryland, Georgetown, Rhode Island, St. Joe's, Miami of Florida, and Virginia Tech.

UPDATE: Tamir Jackson wants to get stronger and more consistent in his offensive game. "I would like to work on all parts of my game," he said in a previous interview.

Being able to shoot the jumper is important part of his progress over the next several months as he prepares to play college basketball for the 2009-2010 season.

Being a more effective ballhandler, taking the ball to the basket to open up a defense for his teammates, is also something Tamir would like to make some strides in this year.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF TAMIR JACKSON'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

STRENGTHS: Tamir seems to make sure he has a solid handle on the pumpkin when directing the offense. He plays on a team filled with many offensive players who have the ability to take over the game. He has a good first step, forcing his defender to backpeddle from time to time, allowing him to knock down some jumpers.

AREAS TO IMPROVE: The outside game. If Jackson is more consistent in his perimeter game, it will allow him even more opportunities to blow by defenders.


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