Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
“I love the whole school, the facilities, the coaching staff and the team,” Jackson told SNY.tv after his recent visit to UConn.
Jackson is especially close with UConn sophomore guard Daniel Hamilton, with whom he played at St. John Bosco.
“We are like brothers,” he said. “I’ve been playing with him since the eighth grade.”
The No. 10 small forward in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, Jackson figures to be a force in college.
“Vance brings elite shooting ability for a guy his size,” Prolific Prep coach Billy McKnight told SNY.tv. “He has an effortless stroke from deep range. Being able to spread the floor is critical, and it is evident from the NBA game how important the 3-point shot has become. With the NCAA going to a 30-second shot clock, players like Vance who can efficiently shoot it from 3 are even more critical now. Offenses can no longer grind defenses for 35 seconds to get the ball in the paint. The respect he will demand on the perimeter will allow for quicker paint penetration and a more efficient offense.”
Added Jackson: “I will lift my teammates over the hump and carry them. I will bring all I have offensively and defensively and also raise my teammates’ game with me.”
Jackson is UConn’s fourth 2016 commit, following point guard Alterique Gilbert andpower forwards Mamadou Diarra and Juwan Durham, who recently tore his ACL for the second time.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.