#OTRHoopsReport: Will Jackson to UCONN – Feb. 4, 2014
- Updated: February 4, 2014
Class of 2015 guard Will Jackson will add strength and versatility for Kevin Ollie’s back court in Storrs.
Although it was just a minor surgery on his knee, it was major enough to keep one of the top guards in the country from competing on the travel circuit this past spring and summer. As many know, the circuit is the time where prospects gain most of their attention headed into their high school season. So for the 6-foot-5 point guard to miss so much time was critical. Nevertheless, the top 50 national prospect had a number of schools already recruiting him.
One of those schools was the University of Connecticut. Jackson told the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com, Brandon Clay, that “Coach Ollie’s commitment to me through the injury made this an easy decision.”
Jackson went on to tell OntheRadarHoops.com the major reason he picked UConn over other schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisville and Memphis was because of the Huskies “style of play and tradition.”
Jackson also added that his respect for the coaching staff played a big part in the decision as well. “The coaches are great people and that is something that is important to me.”
Anyone could tell that the Athens, Ga. native will fit well into coach Kevin Ollie’s style of play. He is a bigger guard who can handle and accelerate past defenders. He is match-up nightmare for any type of defender, because he is a scoring threat at all three levels on the floor. However, it is Jackson’s passing ability that makes him an intriguing prospect for the Huskies in years to come.
As he told OntheRadarHoops.com last night after his commitment, “I see myself as a combo guard who can score when I have to, but I like to get everyone else involved too.”
So when it comes to fitting into a system of play at the University of Connecticut, Jackson should have no problem contributing in the American Athletic Conference. He has the skill to impact on the offensive end, but he also has the size and athleticism to defend multiple positions on the floor on the defensive end.
However, Jackson does not see himself as a player that is done developing. He sees his physical development as the top priority. “I want to gain some weight and make sure that my body is ready for college play.”
The Huskies have done some major work on the recruiting trail in the Peach State in the past six months. Starting with the commitment of 6-8 post Rakim Lubin of Buford, Ga. the Huskies get a post player that can anchor the lane for years to come. While watching Lubin on Saturday evening, coach Ollie got a glimpse of Lubin’s class of 2016 teammate D’Marcus Simonds. Ollie offered the 6-3 guard that night after dropping 29 points against Morgan County. Jackson gives the Huskies their second commitment in the class of 2015 joining 6-4 guard Prince Ali of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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