By Jeff Borzello
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Houston Hoops swingman Justin Jackson doesn’t get much burn sitting behind Duke commit Rasheed Sulaimon and four-star guards J-Mychal Reese and L.J. Rose.
That hasn’t mattered so far, though, as the 6-foot-6 sophomore is ranked among the top 2014 prospects in the country.
“I want to prove I can hang with the older guys,” Jackson said.
Jackson has the potential to be a match-up nightmare down the road, given his outstanding length and accurate shooting ability from behind the arc. He'll need to add weight, but his range and form are among the best in the country. Jackson can go off the dribble, using his height and reach to make plays in the mid-range and with floaters.
He isn’t trying to show off in front of all the college coaches, though.
“I’m just playing my game, not doing too much,” Jackson said. “Just playing my game.”
The homeschooled Houston product is honest about what he needs to work on.
“I’m trying to get better at everything,” Jackson said. “Get strong, play better through contact.”
Despite not getting as much playing time as some other players, he already has plenty of suitors for his future destination.
Jackson said he has offers from Ohio State, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, with interest coming from North Carolina, Kansas, Washington, Georgetown, Marquette and Michigan.
Just imagine what will happen when he’s the star of the team.
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