Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Scout's take: Jackson to Georgia Tech
By Reggie Rankin
Four-star combo guard Tadric Jackson (Tifton, Ga./Tift County) committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday over finalists Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama.
This is huge for both Jackson and Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory. Georgia Tech keeps the state's No. 6-ranked prospect within the Georgia borders, while Jackson will have an opportunity to play right away in his home state where his family and friends can continue to watch him play and he can get a first-class education as well.
Four-star guard Tadric Jackson is a great start for Georgia Tech in the 2014 class.
Why did he pick Georgia Tech and what will he bring to the Yellow Jackets? Let’s break it down.
Why he committed: "I thought Georgia Tech was the best fit in the best conference -- the ACC,” Jackson said. “It's home in Georgia and Coach Gregory is going to play me at both guard spots.”
What he brings: The 6-foot-2 Jackson is a strong and physical playmaker who can finish through contact with ease. He attacks the rim on the break and from a variety of areas in the half court from the top, wing and along the baseline. He can stop and pop inside the arc and can hit the open 3 with time and space. Jackson has excellent court vision, a strong handle, and is a good passer when he attacks and draws help defenders. He also does a good job running the offense as he is good at keeping the ball moving. In addition, Jackson is an asset during end-of-clock situations, where he is excellent at drawing fouls. Defensively, he has the size, strength and athletic ability to defend both guard positions with ease and even small forwards in a small lineup.
How he fits: Jackson will provide Georgia Tech with a guard who has a college-ready body at already at least 200 pounds. He will be a finisher on the Yellow Jackets’ break and be a scoring option at either the shooting guard or point guard position in the half-court offense under Gregory, who is a master at putting players in the right spot at the right time to make plays. Defensively, Jackson will excel for the Yellow Jackets with his ability to defend both guard positions and learn defensive man-to-man coverages from Gregory and his staff. Jackson has the strength and toughness to develop into a dependable defender right away.
Reminds us of: At times, Jackson reminds me of a high school version of Derek Fisher.
How the class is shaping up: Jackson is Georgia Tech’s first 2014 commitment and has the Yellow Jackets on the board in a big way with a big in-state recruit.