It was a grand day for Darnell Jackson and his entire family. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Midwest City High School in Oklahoma City, OK., signed his Letter of Intent today in front of family, friends, teachers, coaches and classmates. Jackson stated that he couldn't be happier with his decision to attend the University of Kansas.
“I signed my Letter of Intent earlier today at my school. It felt really good to get that done and make it official,” Jackson said. “Some of my family attended the event, which was really nice. I have not had the opportunity to speak with Coach Self as of yet, but I can’t say enough how good it feels to be a Jayhawk.”
Now that Jayhawks has become an official member of the Jayhawk basketball family, he admitted that he has some unfinished business to take care of when it comes to his play on the court.
There is a belief that Jackson will be an immediate force on the defensive end of the court when he arrives in Lawrence, but many people do not see him taking on much of a role when it comes to his scoring offense. While Jackson would not make any predictions, he plans to surprise some people.
“As far as my game goes, I plan on working on and improving all areas,” Jackson said. “When I finally get to Kansas, I’ll be able to help on both ends of the court, not just on defense. I have been working on my jump shot and feel very comfortable shooting from 15-feet and in.
“I will continue to work on my jump shot and range, but I feel very good about my ability to shoot the ball from 15-feet,” he added.
Rivals.com ranks Jackson No. 52 on the Rivals150 list and the 13th best power forward in the class of 2004.