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Thursday / December 1.
  • Ian Jackson, No. 1 shooting guard in 2024, sets official to North Carolina; Kentucky’s Calipari expected in

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Ian Jackson, the No. 1 shooting guard in the 247Sports Composite, has finalized an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 11, his head coach told ZAGSBLOG.

    North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis and assistant Jeff Lebo were in The Bronx last week to see the 6-foot-4 Jackson in person during an open gym.

    The Tar Heels have also set up an official visit with fellow Class of 2024 star, point guard Boogie Fland, of White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac.

    Jackson and Fland teamed up together over the summer in helping the USA U17 team win the gold medal at the World Cup in Spain. Jackson was the team’s leading scorer at 11.9 points per game

    Fland feels it makes a statement about the state of New York basketball that both he and Jackson were chosen for the U17 team.

    “I feel like it kept the dream alive that it’s not dead, we definitely got hoopers here,” he said. “But we don’t get the opportunities that me and Ian are getting right now, so I feel like me to get these opportunities opens the doors for New York City basketball players to come up and see what we’re doing. I feel it keeps the dreams alive for them.”

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua, who were among the coaches in Spain at the World Cup to see Jackson and Fland, was at Stepinac Monday for Fland and is also expected at Cardinal Hayes on Tuesday.

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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.