Great players love to play with other great players, and 2009 prospect Tamir Jackson has definitely taken advantage of playing for a star studded Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's squad. Strong performances by the 6-foot-2, 165-pound shooting guard in front of numerous scouts and prospects have raised his stock and ignited strong interest from a traditional Pac-10 power.
"I talked to Coach O'Neil from Arizona the other day, and he said they were on the verge of offering me," said Jackson. "He wants me to come down to Tucson, so he can meet me, and he's planning on watching me play on television Thursday when we play Ed Davis' team."
Jackson is slated to visit Arizona at the end of this month for the weekend of the USC and UCLA games.
Along with having serious interest in Arizona, Jackson is also looking closely at UAB, Rhode Island, Miami, South Carolina, Penn and Harvard. All but Miami have offered Jackson.
A natural scorer, Jackson relies on his strength and craftiness to create scoring opportunities. This year has been a breakout year for him because he has assumed the go-to role as the perimeter scorer for St. Benedict's.
"This is my best year so far," he said. "I'm getting more of an opportunity to lead the team in scoring and not just be a role player. I feel I can score on anyone and am meant to play a scorer's role. I've always looked up to Allen Iverson and have tried to mold my game as an undersized scorer."
And when Jackson gets to college, he wants to play the same role from day one.
"I want to be an impact player right away," he said. "It doesn't matter what position I play. Whatever the coach needs I'll do. I just want to make plays and help the team win."
On the season, Jackson is averaging 14 points and 3 assists for 22-1 St. Benedict's.