Justin Jackson commits to UNC!!!
Justin Jackson is huge pick up for the Tar Heels. Add Jackson with point guard Joel Berry, and that's the making of a top 10 recruiting class in 2014.
There's a lot of players named Justin Jackson. There's Justin Jackson that plays for Cincinnati and the Canadian Justin Jackson who's one of the best freshmen in the Class of 2016.
UNC's Jackson however, has always been a high profile recruit, but he's really been playing very well his junior year, and even gave Andrew Wiggins a nice battle a couple months ago. Definitely a candidate for future NBA drafts.
Justin Jackson Player Profile: http://prospect-central.blogspot.com/2011/09/player-profile-justin-jacks...
Great pick up for them. In my opinion he is the perfect wing in Roy's system. Think Wayne Ellington.
Good wing, but I think it takes them out of the running for Justise Winslow. I think they're down to 1 slot now for that class, so they have to choose wisely. Among the guys that were offered already are: Rashad Vaughn, Theo Pinson and the aforementioned Winslow. I think they're out of the running for Tyus Jones and maybe Jahlil Okafor too since they're rumored to be a package deal.
I can't comment too much about Jackson since I haven't seen too much from him. All I know is that he's got good length and shooting ability. Skinny frame though.
I live in North Carolina. The buzz around is that Roy is quietly confident about getting at least one of Vaughn or Pinson.
Pinson's a big time Duke fan, but I think his opinion may have soured because Duke isn't really reciprocating the love.
What is else is Duke supposed to do? They already offered Pinson. Either he accepts or he doesn't. Coach K is notorious for not sucking up to recruits. He doesn't try too hard to sell the program because the program sells itself.
I personally like the way Coach K goes about his business.
I don't know how any coach can be confident enough to get Vaughn with the amount of suitors he's got. He first has to at least pair his list down to below double digits.
See that's the thing though. I thought he had a confirmed offer as well but it just seems like a shaky situation. There was a big hub bub about it over the summer because Pinson said Duke hadn't offered yet, and since K was in London for the Olympics, Jeff Capel apparently confirmed the offer through a text?
Just seems weird. Then I heard rumblings about a week ago by a friend of mine who said Pinson didn't think he had an offer from Duke. Of course this is just he she said she said so I thought nothing of it. But then today someone I know who is very well connected with Duke says that it is more likely Pinson will be going to Chapel Hill instead of Duke.
This is on the eaves of Duke extending an actual formal offer to Devin Booker another 2014 wing and now it looks like Pinson is behind Justise Winslow and Booker in the pecking order.
I personally don't like the way K has handled this. Everyone in the area knows the kid grew up a die hard Duke fan, so why not lock him down early on? UNC always does as evidenced by guys like Joel Berry and Isaiah Hicks. I understand that there might be better prospects available, but recruiting is never a sure thing so I'd say take Pinson instead of looking stupid at the end of 2014 because you took a chance on a different wing player.
This strategy is partly the reason why K has done so horribly recruiting big men. He'd rather miss on the big fish instead of locking down the small fish that could potentially turn out to be great players. Hell Duke was exceptionally lucky to get Amile Jefferson this last year because he was right about to commit to State, but then Tony Parker and Mitch McGary didn't commit to Duke which left Duke crawling back to Jefferson.
I don't know why there would be any confusion at all. There's no way he could not know if he has an offer or not. Theo was offered and he himself confirmed it. Duke did their part, now it's up to him to accept or not.
I like the way Coach K does it because he wants players who want to play for Duke without having to be wooed, have their ass kissed or given special treatment. He doesn't make any promises and he doesn't give special treatment. I've read and heard stories about Duke official/unofficial visits being boring and strictly about business. Coach K wants players, not divas and he'll shoot it straight with them. Even if he misses out on the top guys, it doesn't matter because like I said, the program sells itself. As long as Coach K is there and they continue having success, there won't be a time where some top players don't want to play for Duke.