Traevon Jackson, one of Miami’s most sought after recruiting targets, has been making noise in central Ohio this season leading Westerville South High School to a perfect 10-0 record.
The 6’2” and 205 pound junior shooting guard scored 29 points in leading South to a win over city rival Westerville North (led by Dayton signee Ralph Hill). Jackson won the game by passing his defender off the bounce, moving to the bucket, and hitting to an open teammate for winning score with under two seconds left.
Jackson and his teammates plan on going deep into the Ohio state tournament. Standing in his way will be Ohio’s #1 ranked team Columbus Northland which includes Jared Sullinger, J.D. Weatherspoon, and Trey Burke. Jackson is not intimidated. He stated, “We can beat anybody if we play together.” Outside shooting will be the catalyst to South’s prospects. Jackson said the team is shooting 30-35% from behind the arc.
This season as a junior, Jackson is averaging approximately 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists while playing a lot of point guard for South. Last season, Jackson averaged 14 points, over 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He shot over 30% from behind the arc.
Jackson said his skills are improving. “I get to use my skills playing the point which improves my ball handling,” said Jackson. “I have also gotten better rebounding and playing defense. I also have increased my athleticism where I have made a couple of dunks.”
Jackson has a successful summer as well. All-Ohio Red and won the 16 year old division (juniors-to-be) AAU National Championship.
Previously, Jackson told RedHawk Insider that 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. Jim Jackson was an early 90s Ohio State and NBA star, and current Big Ten Network analyist. However, Jackson noted, “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 include Miami-OH, Ohio U., Cleveland State, Akron, Wisconsin, and Arizona State. Notre Dame and Dayton are also interested. Jackson said that Butler and Wichita State are no longer in the mix.
Jackson recently visited Dayton for the Duquesne game. He plans on visiting Dayton again after the season ends. He also intends on visiting Arizona State in April.
Jackson has also visited Wisconsin, Akron, and Miami (twice). He visited Notre Dame when he was a freshman.
Jackson previously said he came away impressed with Miami and Akron. Jackson said, “Both are really good schools. I enjoyed both of my visits big time.” As for the first Miami visit, Jackson said, “I really like the academics, the campus, and the coaches.” Jackson added, “I had a really good time.”
On his most recent visit to Miami, he stayed with his coach’s son who is a student there. Unlike his first visit where he wanted to see the campus, on this second visit, he wanted to see campus life. He was not disappointed. “Miami was fun. A great place. I love the student atmosphere. We went to a hockey game which was fun and every girl was an 8 or a 9 (laughing). Coach Hendue (Miami associate head coach Jermaine Henderson) and I hung out.”
Earlier, 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.
Jackson is strong academically. He boasts a 3.7 grade point average after his sophomore year and 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.
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