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.