Five-star small forward Justin Jackson is having an excellent junior season, and he showed off his game with a 30 point performance at the Flyin to the Hoop event on Saturday evening. With only six schools left on his list, things are beginning to get serious on the recruiting trail for Jackson.
Despite a tough loss at Flyin to the Hoop, Jackson feels that the team is making good strides and exceeding the expectations of many.
"As a team we have been doing pretty well," said Jackson. "I think we have been doing a lot better than people felt we would after losing so many guys. I think as a team we are doing alright."
Individually Jackson feels things are going pretty well for him as he continues to work to refine his game.
"I've been doing pretty well," said Jackson. "I am just trying to be a better leader and work on all aspects of my game."
With North Carolina, Arizona, Ohio State, Virginia, Washington, and Texas A&M left on his school list, Jackson says all six gave him a sense of comfort and that is why they made the cut.
"Obviously they were the ones I was most comfortable with," Jackson explained. "The coaching staffs at all of those schools I got close with. Also the visits I took to certain ones just felt like I could play there."
Jackson spent a few years of his life living in the suburbs of Cincinnati, and that helped him to get to know Ohio State, and he says the coaching staff there has done an excellent job of recruiting him.
"The coaching staff is great," said Jackson of OSU. "Coach (Jeff) Boals, Coach (Greg) Paulus, Coach (Thad) Matta, all of them are great. Also the facilities speak for themselves. Also the atmosphere around the program is great."
Currently Ohio State has two forwards already committed in the 2014 class, but Jackson doesn't think that will be any issue.
"I haven't really talked to them about that, but I will talk to them about where and how I would fit in, but they have always told me I would play the two and the three," said Jackson.
North Carolina is a school that has gotten consistent buzz with Jackson since they began recruiting him, and the Tar Heels remain very high on his list.
"Honestly my family and I grew up as North Carolina fans," said Jackson. "After they started recruiting me we had to open things up, but that has always been there. The coaching staff is great and Coach (Roy) Williams is a Hall of Fame coach and that speaks for itself."
Now living in Houston, Jackson says distance won't matter in his decision, but Texas A&M still has some built in advantages.
"I think where I go as far as location doesn't matter, but obviously everybody would love to stay close to home, so that helps," Jackson explained of the Aggies. "Also my relationship with Coach (John) Reese being my AAU coach really helps as well."
Also the Arizona Wildcats have made Jackson a priority and he says they did an excellent job hosting him for an unofficial visit.
"When I took my visit I just felt comfortable around the staff and the guys," said Jackson of UA. "They just made me feel a part of the team. I think just the comfort level is very high there."
At this point nothing is set is stone, but one school should be receiving a visit shortly from Jackson.
"We're probably going to take a visit to North Carolina soon, probably before the AAU season," said Jackson. "We are going to try and make visits everywhere else, but I am not sure on those yet."