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Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:17 pm
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.
Photo: USA Basketball
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:05 pm
By Jeff Borzello
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – After sitting out the latter part of the NBPA Top 100 camp with a concussion, Brice Johnson came to Peach Jam looking to make up for lost time.
The 6-foot-9 power forward from Edisto (S.C.) has been one of the most impressive players the entire week, making an impact against every opponent and showcasing his game in front of coaches.
“There’s people my size here,” Johnson said of his breakout performance. “When people are 6’4”, I don’t play [well].”
Johnson said Florida, Clemson and South Carolina are making him a priority, with Ohio State also coming on strong. Connecticut has entered the fold recently.
Greg McClinton likes hometown team
Wake Forest needs to pick up big-time recruits in order to make its way back up the ACC standings. In 2013, the Demon Deacons might have one in their own backyard.
Greg McClinton, the No. 35-ranked player in CBSSports.com’s 2013 Top 100, is a native of Winston-Salem and attends Winston Salem Prep (N.C.).
“I always liked Wake Forest growing up,” McClinton said. “I’m from Winston Salem, so I like their team.”
While he said the Deacons might have a slight leg up on the competition, he said there is no clear favorite right now. The bouncy 6-foot-6 forward has offers from Missouri, Louisville, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Xavier, with interest pouring in from Connecticut, Georgetown and North Carolina State.
Other recruiting notes:
- 6-foot-7 forward Nick King, out of East High School (Tenn.), listed offers from Memphis, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Auburn and Georgetown. He also has interest from North Carolina, Marquette, Arizona, Miami (Fl.), Virginia Tech and Georgia.
- Diminutive guard Stevie Clark, a 5-foot-9 prospect from Douglass (Okla.), has offers from San Francisco and Marquette. Connecticut, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Missouri State, Tennessee, Missouri, Colorado and Penn State are all pursuing him.
- Alvin Ellis might be overshadowed by Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate on the Mean Streets’ U-16 team, but colleges know exactly who he is. The 6-foot-3 De La Salle (Ill.) product has offers from Northwestern and Tennessee, with interest from DePaul, Miami (Fl.), Florida State, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois and Providence.
- Daquein McNeil has impressed onlookers with his consistent scoring ability, getting to the rim and also knocking down outside shots. The Vermont Academy (Vt.) junior has an offer from Richmond and interest from Virginia Tech and VCU.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:50 am
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Archie Goodwin was quickly becoming one of the top scoring guards in the country, ranking as perhaps the elite finisher in the class.
Then, in the All-Star Game at the Pangos All-American Camp in early June, Goodwin injured himself and had to go on the shelf.
“It’s about 50 percent,” Goodwin said.
Despite the injury necessitating that Goodwin wear a protective brace on his left wrist, the 6-foot-5 Sylvan Hills (Ark.) prospect refused to sit out the Elite Youth Basketball League finals at the Peach Jam.
Originally slated to miss four-to-six weeks, Goodwin suited up for the Arkansas Wings this week.
“I’ve been told a lot of times that it would heal faster if I sat out,” he said. “There was no question, I love the competition.
“I wasn’t going to let my teammates go to war without me.”
That mindset has helped Goodwin impress even without the use of his left hand. He said it affects his ability to finish with both hands at the rim, and also impact his off-hand dribbling.
The smooth and athletic wing has not stopped attacking the rim with reckless abandon, though. He is still playing aggressive, looking to beat his defender and get to the rim at every opportunity.
“It’s just instincts,” Goodwin said. “I’m a relentless guy. I’m going to try to dunk it. That’s the kind of guy I am.”
In terms of recruiting, Goodwin is taking his time. The No. 12 prospect in the latest CBSSports rankings has plans to narrow it down at the end of the summer.
“There’s a lot of schools,” he said. “The list is at about 20 now.”
Goodwin listed Kentucky, Connecticut, Baylor, Kansas, Arkansas, Memphis and Tennessee as the schools that have contacted him the most recently.
Unlike many five-star recruits that want a starting job on a silver platter, Goodwin is looking to work for whatever he gets in college.
“I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable,” he said. “And a school that’s not going to give me anything.”
Even if many schools want to.
Photo: Arkansas Wings
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 3:58 pm
By Jeff Borzello
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Outside of simply reaching the title game, Myles Davis has another motive for helping lead the NJ Playaz to the Peach Jam finals.
“If we make it to the championship, I’m going to announce my commitment live on TV,” Davis said.
The finals will be televised on Friday at 7:30, on ESPNU. With the Playaz going 11-4 during the Elite Youth Basketball League regular season, and winning their first game of the Peach Jam, it’s not far-fetched they could make a run to the title game.
Davis, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), has trimmed his list to four schools: Xavier, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
The Mountaineers jumped into Davis’ recruitment late, but they are squarely in the mix for his services. “They’re a new one for me, but they’re a big program,” he said.
Davis has a family connection to Pittsburgh, which has helped the Panthers.
“I know a lot about their program because my cousin is [assistant coach] Brandon Knight,” he said.
As for Xavier, Davis likes nearly everything about the program and its campus. “I think I could do a lot of things there,” he said.
While Davis does not have a favorite, Georgetown could have the inside track for him.
“They’ve been my dream school for awhile,” Davis said. “When I got that one, it felt big-time. I’ve always loved it there, since I was younger.”
If things don’t go according to plan and the Playaz do not reach the title game, Davis said he plans to make his decision after July.
James Young is a natural scorer
James Young clearly has the mindset of a scorer.
“I didn’t shoot enough,” Young said after a loss Tuesday morning.
Despite not getting a lot of touches, the 6-foot-6 Troy (Mich.) shooting guard showed all the skills of a big-time offensive player. He is a great athlete with long arms and a good build. Young can knock down outside shots or drive past defenders to the rim.
The lefty junior is looking to expand his game, though.
“I want to improve my right hand and get better defensively,” Young said. “The scoring will come.”
It’s early in his recruitment, as Young said he doesn’t have any offers yet. He is hearing from Michigan State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan.
Three currently stand out: Kentucky, Michigan State and Ohio State.
“I like their systems and programs,” Young said.