NJ Guard Excited About College Opportortunity

Reporter Mike Sullivan updates a player profile on New Jersey guard prospect Tamir Jackson, who recently competed in the Michael Jordan Brand Classic Regional All Star game at Madison Square Garden in New York City ...

b>PLAYER PROFILE UPDATE: Tamir Jackson

HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 1/2

WEIGHT: 178 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 produced 18 points in the Michael Jordan Brand Classic Regional All Star game last week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Jackson was very upbeat about playing in the game. "It was a great honor," he said. "It was fun to meet Michael Jordan too and hear him talk about his career a little.

"I wanted to have a good game, of course. Your friends and family are there so you always want to play well."

Jackson hit seven of 17 from the field, including three of eight from beyond the three point line. "I'm going to work on my strength and my shooting during the summer," said Tamir.

Reducing the turnovers will be a key to Jackson's college career. Obviously, he has the talent level to succeed on a division one level. Decision making when he has the rock is a big factor too in having an even better career.

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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