What a season Dante Jackson is having. The 2007 three-star prospect is nearly averaging a triple-double, he was named District Player of the Year and his 21-2 team is set to play in the district championship this weekend for a birth into the Sweet 16. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound combo guard from McClain High School Greenfield, Ohio, has already taken some unofficial visits and his high on the recruiting list of some top college programs.
A well built and versatile athlete, Jackson is averaging a whopping 28 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists per game this year. Even more impressive is that Jackson has put up these type of numbers while playing out of position. More of a wing player, who is also projected to play wing in college, Jackson has played the point for McClain this season while they have only lost two games.
Having unofficially visited Ohio State, Xavier and Michigan, Jackson also named North Carolina State, Illinois, Dayton, Purdue, North Carolina and Kentucky as schools of interest. Three schools, howver, stand at the top of his list.
"Ohio State, North Carolina and Kentucky are my favorites right now," said Jackson. "Ohio Sate is the home state college, and Coach Matta has done a good job with them.
"I like the way North Carolina plays. They get up and down the court. Also my high school coach [Rick Vanmapre] has been to their camp and says they have a very nice campus.
"Kentucky has said they want me to come down for an unofficial. I'm very interested in them, of course."
Although Jackson named at least three other AAU programs recruiting him for this summer, he said he will more than likely stick with the Cincinnati Cowboys for this AAU circuit. Last summer, he participated in the Nike Hoop Jamboree and was one of the better 2007 prospects in attendance. He handled the ball well and displayed athleticism and an impressive overall skill level and feel for the game.