Elmarco Jackson18th in the Top247 rankings and the best unused point guard in the national class of 2023, the final seven-man roster was announced on Wednesday.
He split his finalists at 247Sports a day earlier when both Notre Dame head coaches Mike Bray and head coach of Texas Chris Bird visited campus.
The full interview can be found above.
While Jackson rose through the ranks with a great reputation, for most of the spring his recruitment was surprisingly easy.
When he spoke to 247Sports in early June at the Under Armor Future 60 camp, he said that Syracuse, Maryland, VCU and Miami were the only schools that were actively recruiting him.
This changed a lot in the following weeks though in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, DePaul, Rutgers, LSU, Indiana, Ohio State, Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, Villanova, Louisville, UCLA, Texas, and Notre Dame . either offered or intensified their efforts.
After a series of informal visits over the summer, Jackson traveled to Miami for the first time earlier this month and is set to make his official visit to Kansas this weekend.
These two schools, along with Villanova, UCLA, Virginia, Texas, and Notre Dame, make up its latest seven.
On Tuesday, he revealed what he likes about all of these options, and also said he’s aiming for a November decision but doesn’t plan on signing any sooner.
Jackson Intelligence Report
The Jackson’s combination of size, power and speed is elite. He descends just like any other national class defender, not only on the open floor where he has par, but also half court thanks to his ability to turn a corner on the ball screen. He initiates contact, commits a lot of fouls and even lengthens his steps down the lane to get off his defender. In defense, he can also impose his will, both by picking up the ball along the entire length of the court, and defending several positions.
The biggest growth in Jackson’s game came in his ability to make decisions. A year ago, his entire attack was based solely on strength. Now he has learned to vary the speed and choose points. His ability to see the floor and read the information from the balls has improved significantly and has become a real weapon. In short, he has become a true point guard, which makes his physique even more valuable in this position.
He’s ready to get defenders into the post and has made headway with his pull-up game, but is still not a fully reliable three-point shooter as he leans back to release the ball that comes from his deep shoulder. He rarely looks for a three and will often attack the gap in a short close to get down rather than step into his shot. Jackson needs the ball in his hands to be at his best because the opposing defenders will be able to help him and also because he will have to learn how to play off the ball after being the focus of every attack he has made. was at that moment.
More subtly, although he can really move his feet defensively, he could play lower to the ground. Despite being an explosive vertical athlete, he could develop a bit more skill as a finisher on the rare occasions when he can’t rely on his physical tools alone.