Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Position: Point Guard
Team: Boston College
Right-handed… Jackson has very good measurables for the scoring point guard that he is. He stands at 6'3", 210-pound, but has a ridiculous 7-foot wingspan. Add in his explosive athleticism and quickness and Jackson has the makings of a first-round pick; with some better talent surrounding him, Jackson very well could be… the guard can do it all- score the basketball from inside and out, knock down perimeter shots, rebound and see the floor well. The biggest reason behind Jackson's jump in scoring (12.9 points per game to nearly 19 a game as a junior), is his improved jump shot, especially in catch-and-shoot situations. He has trimmed down his shot selection to force less shots, while putting up hundreds of shots a day from behind the 3-point arc to make him a more consistent shooter… He has taken strides running the half-court offense, where he now excels, instead of looking strong in mostly transition. Jackson shows improved court vision, only passing up an open teammate to finish the ball himself. He can handle the pressure, shielding the defender and using some change-of-pace moves and advanced ball moves to create space and push Jackson into attack mode. He is a player who has clearly benefitted from Steve Donahue's presence at Boston College in his first year.
Jackson is best suited as a combo guard, meaning he is a bit undersized at 6'3", although his freakish length helps him measure out. With his lanky frame, he could still use some strength to fill out. His frame at this point in time is underdeveloped… He is a very strong offensive force, but still forces his shots from time to time- whether it's the off-balance shot or pulling-up in traffic. He has a long-release on his jumper, which he is steadily improving and a quicker release is another reason why Jackson is seeing his perimeter shooting accuracy rise…