The City of Palms Classic is filled with intriguing prospects looking to improve their recruiting stock against some of the top talent the nation has to offer. One such player is 2014 three-star combination guard Tadric Jackson (Tifton, Ga./Tift County), who leads his squad into action against No. 6 Long Beach Poly (Calif.).
Jackson is averaging 19.0 points, 6.0 assist, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the 20th-ranked Blue Devils. His ability to fill up the stat sheet is why a number of high major programs are trying to land this talented prospect.
"I have offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina and Memphis,” said Jackson. “I am receiving interest from Kansas, Michigan State, NC State, Ohio State and others. I really like [the team’s that are] recruiting me."
At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Jackson is a powerful guard who excels in transition by attacking the rim and finishing through contact. He is an excellent scorer in the lane for a guard and can slide over and help out at the point. Jackson is capable of scoring outbursts that can break open a tight contest or a momentum-changing dunk to ignite the crowd and get his team back in a contest. The Tift County standout is also capable of defending both guard spots given his strength, athletic ability and good lateral foot speed.
"I am best at getting to the basket,” Jackson said. “My shooting has improved since the summer and I am making smarter plays. I have been working on shooting off the dribble, coming off and splitting ball screens, coming off screens and posting smaller guards."
The big stage in Fort Myers will provide Jackson and his Tift County teammates an opportunity to make a huge statement this week. And competing against elite talent will also give coaches in attendance a better gauge of what this rising star might be capable of at the next level.