There is an old song that goes “once, twice, three time a lady”, well when it comes to North Carolina basketball the lyrics might be changed to “once, twice, three times a small forward” as head coach Roy Williams has offered, a couple of days ago, his third scholarship to a 2014 recruit at that position. This time it’s to Justin Jackson, a 6’6″/175 forward from Spring, Tx, who goes to high school at Homeschool Christian Youth, while playing in the AAU circuit with the Houston Hoops. In all Jackson has 15 programs that would want his services while in college. National schools such as Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State, Texas and Washington are in the mix, along with ACC’s Duke and Virginia Tech.
There is a mix feeling when it comes to grading the small forward. Rivals, who has him as the 30th best player in the 2014 class, and 247 Sports, who places the young man as the 25th best and seventh at his position, have him as a four star recruit as of right now. While both Scout, who places Jackson as the 20th in the class and fifth at small forward, and ESPN, who rank the forward 18th in the country and sixth at his position, have him as a five star player in their last evaluation.From what I have read/seen on the internet Justin Jackson has the feel for the game as well as a great shooting touch all the way up to the three point line. On the other hand when he drives he knows when to get to the rim and when to pull up. The down size, for right now, is that the small forward needs to bulk up in order to be a special player at the next level. With plenty of time to fill out Jackson can be a great perimeter player for any program he goes to, while also being able to be a power at the rim if he decides to go into the lane.
The great thing about all of this is that it seems North Carolina basketball is always “in it” when it comes to the top players in the country. Of course, if you are the half empty glass type you will say that coach Williams misses on many, but the reality of that comment is that all head coaches miss on many recruits they go for, the difference is that the head man in Chapel Hill is always at the top of the recruiting classes on a yearly basis. For all UNC basketball and/or football news come back often to isportsweb!