Vincent Edward Mendoza
Over the past three recruiting classes Sean Miller and company have been able to secure commitments from highly touted prominent wing players. You don’t have to look too far in the past to use examples such as Aaron Gordon, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson and now incoming freshman Ray Smith. The coaching staff looks to add to that legacy in the recruitment of 6’8 220 pound Vance Jackson.
The four star top 30 prospect from Bellflower, CA has been coveted by the Arizona coaching staff for some time now and at the Pangos All American Camp PGU caught up with him to discuss his game, the recruitment process and what he is looking for as he approaches his final year of high school.
“I’m trying to win a CIF championship so I have to work on my athleticism, my strength and my endurance,” he said.
However, during the camp the only thing that was on display was athleticism and strength. Jackson’s endurance or lack thereof as he would say did not seem to bother him at all as he was making plays on both ends of the court.
“I’ve been working on my strength even though I didn’t take a strength and conditioning class this past semester at school like I usually do,” he says.
Vance, Sr. also had some thoughts on the overall strength and ability that his son is going to need at the next level as well.
“I signed him up for yoga classes this summer. First he needs to lose 10 pounds then gain it back in muscle. More so for getting ready for contact and to be more explosive,” his father said.
This was not evident all weekend as Jackson had strong finishes in traffic while being able to switch the ball from hand to hand-mid air for some acrobatic finishes. However, Jackson’s offensive skill set doesn’t stop around the basket.
What makes Jackson such a threat is his ability to step out and hit the jumper with consistency and still dribble drive past defenders when they try to extend the defense out on him. A sure fire triple threat option, Jackson has the size, skill to dribble around defenders and is an exceptional finisher around the rim.
An underrated passer, PGU asked where his court vision comes from.
“I used to play the 1 and now I play the 2 or the 3 so I’m just used to it and I think that I can guard those positions at the next level,” he said. “I’m not there yet but I’m working on it too.”
There are a number of schools in pursuit of Jackson.
“I haven’t thought about it much,” he told PGU. “I’ve been focused on just trying to do my best this summer. I don’t have a favorite yet but I’m open to all schools right now.”
“Whatever school I feel I can impact in a positive way to help win a championship,” he added. “I want to play as a freshmen, I know it’s not given so I have to work for it. Also, like if I get injured I have to be somewhere that feels like home to me.”
With schools such as Arizona, UCLA, UCONN, Maryland, Cal, Washington, and Kansas recruiting him location will not play a factor according to Jackson.
“I’m open to all schools and ill go to the east coast right now if I like the school enough,” he said.