Tom Izzo Watches Josh Jackson, Who’s Expected to Sign Late
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo watched Josh Jackson put on a show on Saturday.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from Prolific Prep (CA) went off for 30 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks as his team lost to Victory Rock Prep (FL), 98-91, at the Cornfield Classic in Ames, Iowa.
Izzo would love to add the Michigan native to a blockbuster class that already includes Miles Bridges, Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and Josh Langford.
Arizona, Kansas and Maryland are among the other schools involved for Jackson, the projected No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.
Prolific Prep coach Billy McKnight said this week on The 4 Quarters Podcast that he expects Jackson to sign during the spring. The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 11-18.
“Josh is the finest high school player I’ve ever seen,” McKnight said. “He is just a super talented player and not just physically, but mentally. He picks things up so quick. His physical attributes are phenomenal. He’s an extremely unselfish player, phenomenal passer. And he really just makes the game look easy, even against guys that we have right now that are high-level plays. He just does things that are incredible. He’s a treat to watch as a basketball fan and obviously we’re excited to have him, and he’s going to go on and do some unbelievable things.”
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