At the Hampton Nike EYBL this past weekend, PGU caught up with Arizona’s point guard of the future, Parker Jackson-Cartwright.
PJC plays for Cal Supreme, coached by former Wildcats star Miles Simon. While the team lost much of its firepower from last year when it had McDonald’s All-American Marcus Lee, Jackson-Cartwright is there to steady the ship and keep things flowing offensively.
In the games in which Arizona head coach Sean Miller and assistant Book Richardson watched their commit play, Jackson-Cartwright displayed his characteristic high basketball IQ and agility to drive to the hoop.
Of course, there’s only so much a point guard can do when the opposing team is the Houston Hoops (home to elite wings Justise Winslow and Justin Jackson), as was the case in a Saturday morning matchup.
PJC helped keep Cal Supreme in the game but Winslow’s size and Jacksons’ length were too much.
“Houston Hoops is such a good team that when they make a run, it is kind of hard to come back from it,” said the point guard. “I’m just trying to create and do my normal thing.”
After losing their first two games of the weekend, Simon’s squad bounced back with a couple nice victories. On what Jackson-Cartwright needs to do individually to help Supreme become more consistent, he indicated that he wants to become more assertive on offense.
“My game is pass first but I’m going to have to attack and show my scoring ability,” he said. “Sometimes I get a little complacent.”
As for what Jackson-Cartwright has most improved on, he cited his emerging leadership and “becoming more vocal on the court.”
Arizona fans are anxious to see the point guard in a Wildcats uniform but they will have to be patient. For PJC, it is a relief to be done with the recruiting process and simply focus on hoops.
Nonetheless, Jackson-Cartwright added, “I still want to compete and win and all that so I’m going to keep working hard.”