Caught in the pregame hype of Kentucky’s exhibition finale against Kentucky State on Friday evening was a bit of recruiting news…
On Friday afternoon, 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Jackson announced on his Snapchat page that he would be committing on either November 15 or 16, with a finalized date, time, and location coming this weekend.
Jackson, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Waterford, MI, is down to three schools: Kentucky, Alabama, and Syracuse.
Looking at his Crystal Ball over at 247Sports, the Crimson Tide have picked up three of his most recent picks, including two from recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater. Michigan State – who was cut from his list back in September – has four predictions, with three of them well over a year old.
Kentucky also has one pick from Demetric Warren of VarsityPreps.com, who picked the Wildcats in late August.
Jackson is considered the No. 25 prospect in the 2020 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 22 in the ESPN player rankings, No. 23 on Rivals.com, and No. 31 on 247Sports.
The five-star forward took an official visit to Kentucky back on August 31, with the uber-athletic forward picking up an offer from UK at the conclusion of the trip.
Following his official visit, John Calipari was in to see Jackson on September 17, with the Kentucky head coach taking another trip to see the five-star prospect at his school on October 3.
In terms of the other schools on his list, Jackson is coming off an official visit to Alabama last weekend, with the Waterford, MI native also taking an official to Syracuse back on September 27.
So what does Jackson bring to the table as a player? Jerry Meyer, the Director of Basketball Scouting over at 247Sports, is impressed with the five-star forward’s athleticism, instincts, and timing as a shot blocker.
“Adequate length but very slender for a four man,” Meyer wrote. “Tremendous athlete. Fast and a high riser. Has an extremely quick second jump and the instincts and timing of a top-notch shot blocker. Not considered a skilled offensive player but his skill level is steadily improving. Motor, athleticism and potential project him as a first round pick.”
While we wait for Jackson’s decision in two weeks, check out some of his most recent highlights from the 2019 Nike EYBL circuit below:
Come on down, big fella.