Lewis Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound point guard from Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Ill., has picked up his first two official scholarship offers.
The class of 2008 prospect was one of the many top prospects at the Iowa Elite camp last weekend and Jackson was one of the handful of players that took home an offer from the Hawkeyes.
"Camp was great. They had some of the best players in the Midwest there. It was a good environment and the coaching staff is great," Jackson said.
"I heard that I was getting the offer when I went down there so when I got it, it was a good feeling. I liked Iowa before they offered me. Their style of play is the kind that we play on my AAU team. I've seen them at a lot of my games. Since they've offered me, I have more interest in them."
Jackson said Bradley also came forward with an offer. The three-star guard said the new offers are a motivation for having a big summer and inspires other programs to extend a free ride as well.
"I hope it does but I think there will be more after the adidas camp. I want to play my game and run the show and show I'm a good leader," Jackson said.
"Those are my first two offers and it feels good to know that someone has seen me play and like the way I play the game. It's nice to know that college coaches appreciate my game."
Illinois, UNLV, Iowa State, Florida State, Southern Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Boston College have all shown various amounts of interest, Jackson said. He has caught the eyes of recruiters with a big spring, starting in Arkansas at the Real Deal on the Hill, where he helped pilot his Indiana Elite 16 and under team to a championship.
Despite his on court success, Jackson said he still has more in his tank to show people.
"I'm doing pretty good but I still have some stuff that I want to showcase to people," Jackson said. "Some people say I can't shoot it but I feel like I'm becoming a good all around point guard. A lot of coaches are telling me that my mid range game is coming along pretty good."
With two more years of high school, Jackson said he is not in a big rush to make a decision but he has taken notice of the recent Iowa commitments.
"I really like what I've heard from Iowa," Jackson said. "We discussed how their team is like a family and how the players and coaches can talk about anything. They all work together and push your limits as a player and hopefully that can prepare you for the next level if you are able to get there."
Could he join the Hawkeyes too?
"It's possible," Jackson said. "My mom and I are starting to talk about it. I'm not going to rush into it though."
Jackson's next stop takes him to Iowa State's team camp this weekend. Jackson will line up with Eric Gordon on Indiana Elite's 17 and under team for the Rose City Shootout in Portland, Ore., on June 15-17.