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Tag:Joe Jackson
Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 3:07 pm

Josh Pastner's life just got a whole lot easier

Three Saturdays ago Memphis lost at UTEP by 27 points.

Joe Jackson played 14 minutes.

And that's about the time some fans started openly wondering whether Josh Pastner was built to be a longterm successor to John Calipari while rumors began circulating that Jackson, a high school legend turned struggling freshman reserve, might transfer out of his hometown program. Four days later, Jackson played nine minutes in a loss to East Carolina and the frustration intensified. All of which made what happened Saturday unpredictable and unbelievable.

Memphis 67, UTEP 66.

In El Paso.

For the C-USA tournament title.

The MVP?

That was Joe Jackson -- thanks to a pair of free throws that took Memphis from down one to up one in the final seconds. The kid with the "King of Memphis" tattoo across his chest who seemed lost and demoralized less than a month ago finished with 17 points a day after dropping a career-high 24 points on East Carolina in the C-USA semifinals. So this Memphis team that began the season nationally ranked before struggling to a 10-6 league record that caused their 33-year-old second-year coach to face questions about his future is now headed to the NCAA tournament with C-USA's automatic bid, and Jackson suddenly looks like the McDonald's All-American whose commitment helped bring those preseason expectations to begin with. It's a remarkable turn of events for a program that's still recovering from Calipari's exit. More than anything, though, it's a development that'll go a long way in allowing Pastner to regain the confidence of his fan base, Jackson the confidence of his past.

Three Saturdays ago, both seemed confused and overwhelmed by their situations.

But now they're right where they were supposed to be all along -- in the NCAA tournament as C-USA champions.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 12, 2009 9:01 am
Edited on: September 12, 2009 9:05 am

Jackson makes it official, commits to Memphis

Joe Jackson committed to Memphis as expected Friday, meaning Josh Pastner now has two top 10 recruits from the Class of 2010 despite the fact that he's still yet to coach his first game.

"I wanted to stay in the city and be a part of the Memphis tradition," Jackson said at a makeshift press conference held outside of the Finch Center practice facility on the University of Memphis campus. "I'm excited."

Jackson is a 5-foot-11 point guard from White Station High in Memphis. The National Hoops Report ranks him No. 9 in the Class of 2010. Will Barton, a 6-5 guard from Baltimore, is the other elite prospect already committed to Memphis. The National Hoops Report ranks him No. 6 in the Class of 2010.

Worth noting: updated its school rankings Friday. It listed Memphis' class of Joe Jackson, Will Barton and Antonio Barton (yes, they're brothers) as the nation's third-best class, behind only Ohio State's and Syracuse's.

Also worth noting: Among the people who attended Jackson's press conference was Tarik Black, a 6-7 forward from Ridgeway High in Memphis. ranks him as the 47th-best prospect in the Class of 2010. He's uncommitted and still considering a number of schools -- among them Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama.

Jackson's commitment means six of the National Hoops Report's top 10 prospects are now committed.

Here's an updated list:

1. Harrison Barnes (uncommitted)
2. Perry Jones (committed to Baylor )
3. Brandon Knight (uncommitted)
4. Jared Sullinger (committed to Ohio State )
5. Fab Melo (committed to Syracuse )
6. Will Barton (committed to Memphis )
7. Reggie Bullock (committed to North Carolina )
8. Adreian Payne (uncommitted)
9. Joe Jackson (committed to Memphis )
10. Tony Mitchell (uncommitted)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 11, 2009 8:40 am
Edited on: September 11, 2009 9:06 am

Pastner to add second Top 10 recruit tonight

Josh Pastner is about to land another elite recruit.

This time it's a local product.

"I am committing TONIGHT at the Larry Finch Center at 6:30 pm," likely McDonald's All-American Joe Jackson posted on his Facebook page early Friday. "Come support me and one of the biggest decisions [of] my life. ... Kansas, TN, Memphis. What [is it going to] be?"

For those unfamiliar, the Larry Finch Center -- technically the Larry O. Finch Center -- is the practice facility on the University of Memphis campus. So it should come as no surprise that multiple sources have told that Jackson will verbally commit to Memphis tonight (over Kansas and Tennessee) and provide what should be a wild scene in his hometown.

"Joe loves the city and he wants to be a Tiger," one source told "He was always going to be a Tiger."

Thus, this is hardly a shock. Things have been headed this way for months, honestly, and Jackson spent much of the past week dropping hints on Facebook . Even so, it's still huge news in the recruiting world if only because it means Pastner will now have commitments from two top 10 prospects from the Class of 2010 despite the fact that the 31-year-old former Arizona player is still yet to coach his first game.

Serious question: Has something like this ever happened?

"The closest thing would be John Calipari [getting] John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins [this past offseason before ever coaching a game at Kentucky], but obviously Cal has coached [games] before," said longtime recruiting analyst Justin Young, who runs the National Hoops Report. "But other than that, no sir."

Memphis will now become the nation's only school with commitments from two Top 10 prospects.

One of those commitments is Will Barton, a 6-foot-5 guard from Baltimore.

The National Hoops Report ranks him sixth in the Class of 2010.

The other is obviously Joe Jackson, a 5-11 point guard from Memphis.

The National Hoops Report ranks him ninth in the Class of 2010.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 8, 2009 4:20 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2009 4:22 pm

Joe Jackson likes to F with people

While Pierre Henderson-Niles is losing weight , it's a (likely) future Memphis Tiger who is dominating the discussion among fans and creating quite a stir in the world of recruiting.

His name is Joe Jackson.

He'll be a McDonald's All-American.

And though he's always been guarded with his verbal comments about his college situation, he's been using Facebook for the past week to drop hints about his upcoming decision. The whole thing reached new heights late Monday, when Jackson posted a photoshopped picture of himself in a Memphis jersey, then started trading posts with Will Barton, a fellow consensus Top 20 national recruit who is already committed to Memphis.

The bottom line is this: Jackson is technically still considering Memphis, Kansas and Tennessee, but there isn't a person at Kansas or Tennessee who believes Kansas and Tennessee are in the mix. In other words -- like I've written many times -- Joe Jackson will be a Memphis Tiger. Anything that happens between now and the time he makes that is official is just him messing with fanbases and having a good time with the process, which is kind of hilarious.

Imagine what it must be like for a 17-year-old to excite or enrage thousands of adults with a single status update.

Sounds fun, doesn't it?

But everybody has always known how this movie would end.

Joe Jackson will play for Josh Pastner.

And for what it's worth, I'm hearing a traditional commitment will come soon.

My source said it'll be Friday ... unless Jackson decides he wants to keep having this fun a little while longer.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 27, 2009 1:43 am

Memphis Magic Elite win adidas Super 64

The Memphis Magic Elite won the adidas Super 64 on Sunday.

They beat the New England Playaz in the title game.

The Memphis team consists of multiple high-major prospects -- most notably Joe Jackson (ranked 17th in the Class of 2010), Tarik Black (ranked 57th in the Class of 2010) and Adonis Thomas (ranked 15th in the Class of 2011). Another is Chris Crawford, who is unranked nationally. But Crawford won the adidas Super 64 with a floater at the buzzer, and he'll now watch as offers from area schools come rolling in thanks to a strong effort in Las Vegas.

As for Jackson, he only enhanced his status with his play.

The 5-foot-11 point guard showed a unique ability to get to the rim and run a team en route to taking MVP honors, and he won multiple games with clutch plays down the stretch. The reward should be a rise in his national ranking heading into his senior year at White Station High. In fact, I won't be surprised if Jackson is ultimately considered the best true point guard in the nation not named Brandon Knight.
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