Vincent Edward Mendoza
West Coast Elite Basketball held the Elite 100 All-Star Camp powered by Under Armour where some of the top prospects were in attendance, including the number one ranked player in the class of 2016 in Josh Jackson.
PGU caught up with Jackson after the Top 20 All-Star Game to discuss his experience during his Arizona visit, his feelings about his last AAU circuit and his thoughts about the illustrious “#1 ranking,” that novice fans care so much about.
“I really like Arizona. Going down there was a great experience for me to see what Arizona is like,” he said.
Before the trip, interest in Arizona was there but seeing the campus in person really left an impression on the five-star talent. While in attendance a few things stood out to Jackson that most locals and visitors would agree upon.
“I love the weather,” he said. “That’s the one thing that stood out to me. One thing was the weather for sure, for sure. It’s really, really hot there. I didn’t expect it to be that hot and I also didn’t expect the campus to be as nice as it is.”
While in attendance, incoming freshmen Allonzo Trier was his host and Zo was able to show what he could potentially experience should Josh decide to choose Arizona as a destination.
“The people there are really nice. They showed us around and I just really had a nice experience and they really take care of their players there,” Jackson said.
Jackson and Trier also know each other from their time with USA basketball.
“We just played USA ball together and now I have 3 gold medals and coach Sean Miller was/is my lead recruiter. He’s on me,” he said. “It was a really good experience for me understanding more how Sean Miller coaches.”
As Jackson heads into his senior year of high school this is his last go around at the AAU events and PGU discussed his feelings about his national ranking.
“I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. A lot of people talk about being the number one player in the country and I really don’t think of it that much. It really doesn’t mean that much to me, it’s just someone’s opinion so when I go out and play I’m just playing my game and trying to win,” he said.
And as for his plans heading into the fall Jackson tells PGU, “I’m definitely going to take either one or two more visits before the fall but I’m not sure where yet. I’m probably going to cut my list of schools down one more time. Probably sometime in August.”
Arizona looks to be in the thick of things as Jackson comes closer to making a decision.