Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a 2014 point guard from Los Angeles, has committed to play for the University of Arizona. Jackson-Cartwright visited Arizona’s campus this past weekend and saw enough to warrant a commitment.
“I had a great visit,” said Jackson-Cartwright. “Everything about the school was really impressive and it was easy to imagine myself playing there.”
Jackson-Cartwright was believed to be deciding between UCLA and Arizona, and after his visit to Tucson, he chose Arizona. Jackson-Cartwright has said that the recruiting process wasn’t really something that he enjoyed, and if he found the right school he would commit early.
“I told the coaches that I’d like to play at Arizona,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “They were excited about me joining them in a few years and they think I can be a special player.”
Jackson-Cartwright plays for Loyola High School and played this season with Loyola High. The 5’7, 140 pound point guard is known for his court vision and ability to make his teammates better. Jackson-Cartwright is an extension of the coach on the floor, as he understands the flow of the game and what is needed at different stages of the game.
Despite his size, Jackson-Cartwright isn’t afraid to throw his body around, regularly fighting for rebounds and steals. Jackson-Cartwright will need to work on his frame and defense to prepare for the college level, but he has two years to do so.
“It’s a big relief (to commit),” said Jackson-Cartwright. “Now I can focus on getting better without worrying or being distracted by recruiting. It’s a good feeling.”
Jackson-Cartwright joins Eric Cooper Jr. in Arizona’s 2014 class. Jackson-Cartwright looks to be a solid, long term player for Arizona. Jackson-Cartwright would be able to learn from T.J. McConnell his first year, and then take the reigns of the offense the following year.
“Hopefully we can reel in Aaron Gordon or Justise Winslow or Justin Jackson, players like that,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “I’d like some athletic wings and big men to play alongside of.”