When DeMarcus Cousins committed to UAB, he wanted to play the role of the piped piper. The five-star forward is doing a pretty good job at it.
Cousins was the first high-profile recruit to commit to the Blazers in the class of 2009 and now St. Benedict junior guard Tamir Jackson is next. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect verbally committed to the Conference USA school on Monday night.
"I like the campus, the area, and coach [Mike] Davis. It felt like it was the right fit for me," Jackson told Jay Gomes of NJHoops.com, who broke the story on Monday night. "I love [the coaches]. They are real cool. They kept it real for me. They were honest and stayed with me the longest."
Jackson said one of the selling points for picking UAB over the likes of Arizona, Virginia Tech, Miami, St. John's, Harvard, South Carolina, St. Joseph's and Rhode Island was playing right away and playing alongside Cousins.
"I'd be coming in with the ball in my hand to run the team and play with Demarcus Cousins," Jackson said. "…Hopefully me and Demarcus can take UAB to another level."
Jackson also visited Miami and Maryland unofficially. He played a big role in St. Benedict's national success this year. He was named MVP in St. Benedict's win over Oak Hill on national television.
Jackson plays with the Playaz organization during the AAU season.