April 15, 2009
Jackson Expected To Sign Cowboys
The Wyoming basketball program looks to receive a signed national letter from Desmar Jackson, a guard from Harding, Ohio. The first day of signing day is on Wednesday, April 15th and runs into May. UW Head Coach Heath Schroyer will have one more scholarship to fill.
Jackson is an athletic guard who consider a strong slasher and finisher type which makes him a scoring threat in the division one level of Ohio state basketball. The guard averaged 16.7 points a game during his senior campaign.
Jackson was a good enough overall athlete to receive recruiting interest from some division one football programs and was debating whether to play college basketball or football throughout the winter, before deciding to commit to Schroyer's program over a month ago.
The 6-foot-4 and 170 pound combo guard from Harding high school leaned toward playing basketball all along.
"I was not sure making a decision between football and basketball and wanted to see how the recruiting went first with basketball," Jackson told Rivals.com. "Wyoming was the first school to offer me a scholarship for basketball."
The Cowboys have opened inroads up in the state of Ohio with freshmen AJ Davis (Columbus) already in the program and the possibility of adding a third in 6-foot-6 and 215 pound Deylen Harrison from Akron via St Vincent-St Mary's high school. Harrison is recruited as a small forward prospect.
Harrison averaged 17 ppg and is a good rebounder with a double figure numbers. He is an outstanding student carrying a 4.0 GPA.
Wyoming signed Garden City Community College Thomas Manzano, Stoneridge Prep's Amath M'Baye, and Natrona County Michael Dietz in the early period.
Manzano like Jackson is a first rate slasher and scorer and 6-foot-4, while having an outstanding Junior College tournament during his sophomore campaign. He'll be expected to contribute immediately and pickup the scoring slack with the graduation of Brandon Ewing, Sean Ogirri, and Tyson Johnson.
M'baye's game can be more compared to current Cowboy Djibril Thiam where he lend versatility playing inside/out and will need to improve defensively, though a player Schroyer has high hopes can thrive in his style with development.
Dietz is another project player with future promise because of his multi-skill set to do a variety of things. Schroyer feels he was the best player in the region over the last two seasons.
Jackson will be deemed as an above average perimeter shooter who makes his mark off the dribble drive and scoring in transition.
"My strengths are my ability to score and like playing fast on the basketball court," he said. "I feel comfortable playing in an aggressive style and pushing the basketball."
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