Indiana continues to put some definition around its recruiting class of 2020. The Hoosiers have reportedly offered 4-star target Andre Jackson:
Andre Jackson, a class of 2020 SF playing for @TheCityRocks (NY), has picked up offers from Indiana and Dayton.
— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) July 21, 2018
Various recruiting services list Jackson as either a small forward or shooting guard. At 6-foot-6, he has the length to play in the front court, while also exhibiting the necessary skills to play the two-guard.
The 247 Sports Composite lists Jackson as the 41st ranked player nationally and the top player from the state of New York in the 2020 class.
Jackson, who originally hails from Amsterdam, holds a rapidly growing list of offers that includes Syracuse, UCONN, Maryland and Cincinnati.
In a 247 Sports article ($), Jackson noted that he likes how the Syracuse zone utilizes players with his length: “I like their defense, and how they use long wings like myself. Also they are also close to home and they have a good coaching staff with a good style of play.”
Syracuse offered Jackson before the start of his high school career.
Indiana, which plays a pack-line defense under head coach Archie Miller, could similarly utilize Jackson’s length on the perimeter playing defense.
The Albany, New York native played a year up this spring and summer on the Nike EYBL with the same City Rocks team that includes IU 2019 target Isaiah Stewart. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds on the Nike EYBL and 2.0 points during the Peach Jam coming off the bench.
In addition to the Peach Jam, Jackson has played in high profile high school contests. According to the Times Union, he had a strong game against the top team in the nation during his sophomore year.
On December 27 at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Albany Academy faced the future home of 2019 IU targets Brandon Newman and Harlond Beverly — Montverde (Fla.). At the time Montverde was the nation’s No. 1-ranked squad, and Jackson scored 17 points, and added nine rebounds and two assists.
Jackson averaged 15 points a game as a high school sophomore.
As you can tell from this video, he is a long and elite athlete that knows how to finish at the rim.
You can get a better sense for Jackson’s personal side with this interview here:
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