Just wanted to quickly point out that there is a new category added to the links that should help you guys keep track of recruiting through the summer. If you click on the UK Recruiting Notebook category, you’ll find all the profiles that we’ve done so far. Now, Joe Jackson:
Position: Point Guard (fits the mold of primary ball handler for DDM)
Weight: 150 lbs
High School: White Station (Memphis, TN)
Rivals Ranking: #4 PG, #17 Overall
Scout Ranking: #6 PG, #24 Overall
Joe Jackson is a good floor leader and good at being a natural point guard. His speed gives him the ability to blow by his defenders and get into the lane with ease. Once in the lane, Jackson can finish at the rim or use his ability to read the defenses to find the open man for an easy lane to the basket. On the defensive end, he anticipates the pass to get into the lanes and steal the ball. His speed helps in this area too, allowing him to be a pesky defender constantly buzzing around his opponent. Jackson’s size will always be what helps him most and hurts him most. He’ll get his speed and explosiveness from being small but will also get shoved around a bit by bigger defenders. His deep shot is pretty good right now but could use some improvement. Jackson will also need to get used to pulling up for a mid-range jumper or floater instead of insisting on going all the way to the rack. This should give his game the versatility that it is lacking at this point. If he adds strength and versatility, he’ll be a major major threat at the collegiate level.
Ohio State, Memphis and Tennessee are going after Jackson as hard as anyone at this point, but with OSU recently signing Aaron Craft, another 2010 point guard, expect them to fall down the list a bit. Jackson is from Memphis and grew up a fan of his hometown school. He has admitted that Memphis was probably the leaders for his recruitment when Cal was there, but when the coach made the move to Kentucky, Jackson’s interest in Kentucky followed. Calipari will make him a priority and will really turn on the heat if the Cats can’t get Brandon Knight (but remember the Bledsoe/Wall situation, a yes from one doesn’t necessarily mean a no from the other). Jerry Meyer has been quoted as saying, “If Kentucky strikes out on Knight, then coach John Calipari will have a great shot at Jackson.” His top four in early June, before the point guard signing by OSU, were Tennessee, Ohio State, Memphis and Kentucky. Duke is also interested and Arkansas has offered.
Short video showing his explosiveness:
Best video of Joe, notice the next level of speed that others don’t have. Also notice where Joe should stop and pull up but, instead, goes all the way to the rim: