2016 Justin Jackson Mentor Says 80% He Doesn’t Reclassify To 2015
2016 UNLV letterman Justin Jackson has had a whirlwind last seven days physically and mentally. Last weekend playing AAU ball in New Orleans on the Under Armour circuit Jackson led his Canada Elite squad to a 3-1 record. After his final game Sunday (which he dominated the Louisiana Elite) the 6’6″ versatile prospect from Ajax, ON was on a direct flight to Toronto, ON for the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian game.
After a day of event festivities including intense practices in front of NBA scouts, Tuesday evening in the main event, Jackson displayed his worldly skills to the tune of 14 points, 7 rebounds on 7-for-12 shooting.
Jackson is ranked the No. 30 player in the class of 2016 by ESPN.com and No. 31 by Rivals.com. He averaged 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals for Findlay (28-2) entering the High School National Tournament that took place April 2 to 4 in New York.
After settling back in Las Vegas where he attends Findlay Prep, Jackson’s name was tied to reclassifying after UNLV landed 2015 five star center prospect Stephen Zimmerman Thursday evening.
Runnin’ Rebels supporters are hoping Jackson will reclassify to 2015 and join an impressive class that includes Derrick Jones (No.27 ranked 2015) and fellow Canadian Jalen Poyser (Co-MVP of the BioSteel All-Canadian game). However Jackson’s life long mentor in Toronto Devon Jones says it may be better for Justin to utilize another year of prep to better prepare him for the rigors of college basketball and beyond.
“80% that he doesn’t reclassify, Justin wants to walk on and walk off UNLV campus a professional and his family wants him to be completely ready for it. ” Jones said.
During the BioSteel festivities players were measured for height without shoes, weight and wingspan. Jackson came in at 6’6″ with out shoes, 232 pounds and a eye opening 7’1 and 3/4 wingspan.
Elaborating on preparation plans Jones said improving his explosiveness is a priority this summer.
“Ideal weight for Justin is 210-215lbs. This summer he will work on his explosiveness. Plans is going to train at IMG Academy in Florida and spend time with the Canadian National program.” Jones added.
If Jackson doesn’t reclassify to 2015 it means a change of schools will have to be on deck after completing his senior season at Findlay Prep. Jones mentioned his September plans are up in the air at the moment and that his family are entertaining options both south and north of the border.
For the time being Jackson will continue to play with his Canada Elite brethren’s and torment competition on the Under Armour Association circuit. Jackson is also aiming to represent Canada in late June. Canada’s U19 team will participate in the 2015 FIBA World Championships from June 27 through July 5th. Team will be led by head coach Roy Rana and are in grouped in pool play with Italy, Tunisia and Australia.