Name: Ian Jackson
HS: Cardinal Hayes
Grassroots: Wiz Kids 3SSB
Calling Card: Athletic Offensive/Defensive Explosiveness
Strengths: Jackson is a long, athletic, and deceivingly strong prospect who shows a sense of urgency each possession. He invites, absorbs, and finishes through contact at this stage of his career. As a ball-handler, he exploits angles to get downhill attacking the paint/rim. Ian is a much improved 3PT shooter off the dribble or from the catch. He has the unique ability to turn defense into offense and make sound decisions with the ball. He’s capable of defending multiple positions with his strength and quick defensive instincts which causes a good amount of turnovers. Athletically gifted, he’s a flash in the open court and manages to run lanes and finish as an outlet recipient.
Areas to Improvement: He needs to continue to build strength, especially for the next level. At this stage, he’s quicker, faster, and stronger than a majority of prospects, but eventually, he won't be able to rely on his physical gifts. He’s an improved shooter but still needs to be more consistent from beyond the arc. He continues to show flashes as a playmaker which will be a benefit long term.
Offers: Kansas, UCLA, UConn, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Seton Hall, Kansas State, St. John’s, and Bryant