The Memphis Pacers travel team boast one of the most dynamic guards in the country in Joe Jackson. The 6-foot, 150-pound 2010 prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station already has three offers and a couple top line programs are also jumping into the mix.
Tennessee, Memphis and Ole Miss have all offered Jackson, and Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisville and UTEP are also in pursuit.
"Connecticut contacted us the whole summer," said Pacers head coach Eric Robinson. "They really want him to come to their elite camp next summer. The Arizona assistants said they are planning to recruit Joe hard. The wanted to get a hold of some tape so Lute Olsen can watch him."
A superb athlete with an uncanny ability to change direction on the fly and score in a crowd, Jackson also has a mind for the game.
"Joe is constantly studying tapes of Dajuan Wagner and Isiah Thomas," said Robinson. "Joe is a combination of the two in that he scores like Wagner and sees the court like Thomas.
"I've never seen a player who studies the game on TV like Joe. He knows all the moves of the top pros. Right now I'm showing him college films because he needs to slow down and prepare to be a great college point guard first."
Jackson, however, doesn't want to just be a point guard. With such a natural flair for scoring, Jackson would love to play in a college situation where he can slide back and forth between the one and the two according to Robinson. And with the Memphis Pacers, Jackson has just this type of situation playing along side talented combo guard Terrence Durham, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound 2010 prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) Treadwell High School.
"Joe and Terrence have their minds set on being like Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon when they played travel ball together," said Robinson. "Ever since our Las Vegas trip, Kansas State has been calling about Terrence, and Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri are all giving him a good look."
Joe Jackson scouting report:
Still in the physically developing, Jackson is as dynamic an athlete as you'll find at the point guard position. Capable of dunking over opponents, Jackson can also hit the deep ball and make the difficult midrange shot. Not just a scorer, he is also a playmaker with a high basketball IQ.