Last year at the Reebok U. camp, Joe Jackson did most of his work on the bench. Simply put, he didn't play much. And when he did step onto the court, his impact was small and went somewhat unnoticed.
This year at the Reebok All-American camp, the five-star guard from Memphis won't go home the same way he did last year, he says.
"I'm going up there to wreck shop," Jackson said. "I want to prove that I belong there. I wasn't happy about what happened last year."
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The sub 6-footer from Memphis's White Station High School can score the ball with the best of them. The rising junior said he hopes to use the camp in Philadelphia as a spring board for a personal goal.
"I want to play like I'm one of the best players in the whole camp. I want to be in the all-star game. I want to go at cats," Jackson said. "I want to see if they are what people say that they are."
Jackson isn't done there. He hopes to prove himself as the top dog in the class of 2010 this summer. He knows it will be a challenge, too.
"I think I played okay but I'm not satisfied. I want to be the number one player in the country. It's that simple. I'm not settling for nothing but that," Jackson said. "I have to just keep working hard on getting better. I guess my point guard skills. It's hard to be a point guard. You have to control everything. To be a top point guard is going to take a lot of work. You'll be frustrated a lot of nights but that goes with it."
Because of his freakish athleticism, great speed from end to end and his shot in the arm electricity, Jackson has become a hot target for a number of schools. Jackson said he has his eyes on Memphis.
"They are going to be number one because they are the home town school. Their style fits my style. I'm there everyday. It's almost like I practice there," Jackson said with a laugh.
What will it take for the rest of the schools on his list – Tennessee, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and UMass – to make the final cut?
"Man, I don't know. They will have to pull some tricks," Jackson said.
Not in a rush to make any sort of quick decisions, Jackson said he wants to take his time and go through the recruiting process.
"I'm going to take my time and make a good decision," Jackson said.