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2016 Josh Jackson Not Worried About Rankings

July 14th, 2015 News 2 Comments

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.

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  1. Papadeuce

    July 15, 2015

    What an incredible talent this kid is. Seems like a player that would fit in extremely well with Miller’s system and has a winning attitude that the fans crave. Hope to see him in the desert playing for the cats!

  2. nightwave

    July 16, 2015

    Play for Arizona, Josh. Coach Miller is passionate, his blood lines are deep in coaching. But is his history and savvy as a point guard, an incredible point guard with unique ball handling and passing skills that will teach you so much in your role as point guard. Look at the point guards that have floursihed here! And coach Miller’s integrity is first rate. Arizona fans roar. The campus is beautiful, and take it from me, the year round atmosphere, in the warm desert, is spectacular, like being in Palm Springs. Spring time is the best. Dan Ferrari, Yell King, 1970,71

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