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Monday / September 23.
  • Andre Jackson breaks down his top five schools

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    By JAMES SZUBA

    With his recruitment coming to a close, class of 2020 wing Andre Jackson recently released his top five schools of Maryland, Iowa, Syracuse, UCLA and UConn. After playing in the SLAM Summer Classic for the second year up at Dyckman Park in New York City this past weekend, the wing out of Albany broke down what he liked about each school.

    Jackson said he thought about making his college decision at the end of August, but doesn’t have an official date set on the announcement. A consensus top-100 player in his class, Jackson divulged that a good strength and conditioning program and trust with his eventual head coach will be key to land his services.


    He also spoke in detail about what he liked about each of his top five schools, and how they’re synonymous with one another.

    “A lot of the schools have the same thing in common which is wing-dominant programs and guard-dominant programs,” Jackson said of his top five. “I just really want to go to a school where I can have the ball in my hands first- or second-year.”

    Maryland – “Maryland has been real cool. I seen ‘em when I was just a freshman. That was the first school I was on a visit to. One of the guys on my team [Kevin Huerter], when he was a senior, I was a freshman. It’s a pretty cool school. They’ve been reaching out to me lately.”

    Syracuse – “Syracuse has been around since the jump. They’ve been on me heavy ever since they even started recruiting me.

    “They have a good history of players, sending wings to the NBA more than any other school that’s talking to me except UCLA.”

    UConn – “UConn, same way. They’ve recruited me since sophomore year.”

    UCLA – “UCLA, they were at Cincinnati recruiting me heavy and [Mick Cronin] transferred there and have been recruiting me there.”

    Iowa
    – “Same thing with Coach [Fran] McCaffery. He’s been recruiting me forever. It’s all just loyalty.”

    Asked if his former Albany City Rocks teammate Joe Girard would be influential in his decision, Jackson said “Anywhere with shooters really helps me. Same thing with Iowa. They space the floor and give me more opportunities to drive and kick.”

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    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.