Josh Jackson, #11
- Year Freshman
- Pos Guard
- H/W 6-8/207
|High game points||31|
|Per-game breakdown||Total||Per game|
|Minutes per game||30.8|
|Points per game||16.3|
Josh Jackson seriously considered playing basketball at the University of Arizona for Sean Miller, who coached Jackson’s Team USA squad to an Under 19 world championship title in Greece.
He pondered picking Michigan State, a team he rooted for as a kid — and one that had already signed one of his good buddies, Miles Bridges.
But Jackson, the No. 1-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2016 by Rivals.com and 247sports.com (No. 2 by ESPN) ultimately decided to play a year of college hoops at Kansas. In examining the issue, it’s easy to see why.
“When I took my official visit … when I stepped in that gym, it was the loudest gym I’d ever been in my entire life,” said Jackson, a 6-foot-8 guard out of Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.
Originally from Detroit, Jackson was awestruck by Allen Fieldhouse as KU beat Texas 76-67 on Jan. 23.
“I was just the whole time thinking, ‘Man, I would hate to be the opposing team right now, but I would love to be playing for Kansas right now,’ Jackson said. “One major thing is (KU’s) fans. Their fans are amazing, probably the best fans in college basketball. Coach (Bill) Self is a great coach. He coaches the players really hard, pushes them to make them better.”