As one of the top shooting guards in Ohio standing at 6’2” and 205 pounds, Traevon Jackson has made a name for himself this summer. His skills make him one of the more highly desired guards in the Ohio 2011 class.
Jackson helped lead Columbus area Westerville South High School to a 16-5 record last season. Traevon is looking to take his team farther this year. Jackson explained, “We did not finish well last year. We beat (Westerville) North twice last year, but lost to them in the tournament. Now we are starting off new. We lost four seniors, but we should go far.”
Last season, Jackson averaged 14 points, over 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He shot over 30% from behind the arc.
This summer he played AAU ball with All-Ohio Red. All-Ohio won the 16 year old division (juniors-to-be) AAU National Championship last month. The All-Ohio program won the 15 and 17 year old national titles as well. Jackson said about the summer, “We had our ups and downs and clicked at the right moment. We won about 4 tournaments and placed in a lot more.”
Also this summer, Jackson went with his father and current Big Ten Network analyst Jim Jackson to Los Angeles to compete in the LA Pro Am. The Pro Am is a series of open gym games at UCLA. There Jackson got a chance to compete against NBA and college players including Andre Miller and A.J. Granger.
Jackson says he scores when he “needs to” and has a very good understanding of the game. Jackson said his weakness is shooting consistency, but added “that will come.” He said one could compare him to his father (early 90s Ohio State star and NBA alumnist), but added that his father’s height allowed his father to do things that Traevon cannot do. Jackson explained, “I play like my dad, but in other ways I do not because he was taller than me. But I kind of have my own game.”
Jackson said the schools that have offered him before his junior year began include Miami-OH, Ohio U., Cleveland State, and Akron. Notre Dame, Butler, Wisconsin, and Wichita State are also showing interest. Jackson added he has been getting letters from other schools as well.
No school or schools lead at this time. Jackson stated, “(No leaders) right now. I want to get more looks and be at the top of the offer lists. A school may give lots of offers, but there are main guys they really want at the top. This will be a big year for me.”
Last week, Jackson visited both Akron and Miami. He also has visited Notre Dame when he was a freshman. He plans to visit Ohio soon.
Jackson came away impressed with Miami and Akron. Jackson said, “Both are really good schools. I enjoyed both of my visits big time.” Specifically about the Akron visit, Jackson said, “I went around the whole campus. I got to see their students and got a feel for the campus.”
As for the Miami visit, Jackson said, “I really like the academics, the campus, and the coaches.” Jackson added, “I had a really good time.”
Jackson gave four criteria of what he is looking for in a school: 1) “Somewhere that will help me academically outside of basketball.” 2) A place where he can make an impact right away instead of waiting his turn while on the bench. 3) “Somewhere that will help me develop as a player to make it to the next level.” 4) A winning basketball program (“Got to win!”).
Traevon Jackson will decide on a school when it feels right. That decision could occur at anytime in the next two years.
Like nearly all players Miami recruits, Jackson is strong academically. He boasts a 3.7 grade point average. He will take the ACT next spring.
In college, Jackson would like to major in business management. Ultimately he would like to own his own basketball team and stay around the game.
Traevon Jackson wants the world to know that he is more than a basketball player. He stated, “I am a good person outside of basketball. Basketball is not my life. Basketball does not use me, I use basketball. Like when the team travels, I like to go sightseeing. I like to watch the History Channel. I just enjoy life.”
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