Monday, March 11, 2013
No. 14 soph. seeks right backcourt fit
By Reggie Rankin
Willie Jackson (Athens, Ga./Athens Christian School), the No. 14 player in the ESPN 25, has had a tremendous sophomore campaign averaging 25 points, six rebounds and five assist per game in leading his team to the final four of the Georgia 1A private playoffs. Jackson also had a couple of crazy scoring outburst, netting 37 during the regular season and 36 in the state playoffs Elite 8.
Jackson's recruiting is a direct result of his excellent play, with many high majors putting offers on the table, including one local squad.
"I go to practices and games at UGA, its only about 15 or 20 minutes away," Jackson said.
Jackson also list offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, UConn, UNC-Charlotte and Kansas, with UNC and Baylor among several others showing interest. So expect the stands to be filled with coaches this spring and summer when Jackson suits up with the Georgia Stars.
Jackson has the skill set and decision-making to be an asset on a number of programs’ style of play and he has an idea what type of coach and style he likes.
"I like the kind of coach that gives the guards freedom; I like the way Connecticut plays,” said Jackson, who hopes to study dentistry.
Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound combination guard who is terrific off the dribble and can knock down the open 3 when set. He also is adept at getting his teammates involved as he attacks the defense via the pass when doubled teamed. Jackson is a very complete guard who can handle the rock, pass and score. He is a playmaker and excellent decision-maker with the ball in his hands.
"I played the point mostly this year,” said Jackson. “I scored by pushing the ball in transition. I looked to score but got my teammates the ball when they were open. I am best at passing and helping my teammates get better. I would guard the other team’s best player regardless of what position they play, and I have to work on my strength and speed.”
Jackson is an efficient and very productive guard who competes makes winning plays. It’s still early in his recruitment, but it looks like he may have a timetable for when he will commit.
"I am thinking about committing the summer before my senior season," Jackson adds.