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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
ESPN 60 SF puts Ohio State among top six

By Brad Bournival

Thad Matta was probably smiling around noon Wednesday afternoon, especially when the Ohio State basketball coach read what an ESPN 60 junior from Texas had to say about the Buckeyes. Justin Jackson (Spring, Texas/Homeschool Christian Youth Association), a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward, likes Ohio State a lot.

Rated as the 16th-best player overall and the fifth-best small forward in his class nationally, he went to his Twitter account with these words: “I’m down to Arizona, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UNC, Virginia, and Washington. There’s no order.”

The Buckeyes already have small forward Jae’Sean Tate (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) and Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University) as verbal commitments in their 2014 recruiting class, but would welcome Jackson in an instant.

A five-star prospect with a great mid-range jumper and rebounding skills, he could be used as a shooting guard as well.

Jackson was the first home-schooled athlete to play on the USA Basketball U16 Team. Last season, he helped the HCYA Warriors to a 37-13 record. This summer he led his AAU team in scoring and had single-game bests of 37 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and 10 assists.