2016 standout Josh Jackson impresses in Lexington

 Posted by at 12:20 PM on November 30, 2014
Nov 302014
Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson

One of the best basketball players in the class of 2016 looked the part over the weekend at the Bluegrass Showcase in Lexington.

Prolific Prep (Calif.) junior guard Josh Jackson averaged 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in his two games at the event. Prolific went 1-1 with a big victory over Arlington Country Day (Fla.) in Saturday’s game.

UK’s John Calipari, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Auburn’s Bruce Pearl all watched Jackson play Friday night. Pitino had all three of his assistant coaches with him, and UK assistant Kenny Payne was also there. ESPN ranks the 6-foot-8 prospect as the No. 2 overall player in the junior class.

Jackson’s mother, Apples Jones, told the Herald-Leader over the summer that she had not heard directly from any college coaches, so she didn’t consider her son having any scholarship offers.

That has since changed, Jones said Saturday night.

Jackson’s mother told the Herald-Leader that head coaches from Louisville, Arizona, UCLA, Michigan State, California and Auburn have all called her to extend scholarship offers. She noted that Pearl was the first to call.

Jones said she has not heard from anyone on Kentucky’s staff, though the Wildcats are clearly interested in Jackson. In addition to watching him this weekend, Payne visited the star player’s high school in California earlier this fall.

Jackson is in no hurry to make a college decision.

MORE: Video from Saturday’s game


  2 Responses to “2016 standout Josh Jackson impresses in Lexington”

  1. I wanted to throw up after reading this. We haven’t spoken to his mother??? Josh Jackson WILL be an NBA All Star one day. This kid is from another planet. He would be a top five pick out of high school. And no one has contacted his mother about playing for my beloved Wildcats?? Guys we gotta get it together. You gotta win over the mother, that’s a given. Now can someone phone this fine young lady up and schedule an in home visit. Thank you!

  2. Couldnt agree more..If you think James Young was a stud from Detroit, this kid head n shoulders better than James..He is the real deal ..I watched ten games last year, he was ready last year for Kentucky hoops…Instant Lottery pick

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