April 24, 2013

Jackson playing up, playing well for Dorian's Pride

Josh Jackson has long been billed one of the top players in the Class of 2016.

Thus far, he has lived up to the hype.

During his debut season at Detroit Consortium in 2012-2013, Jackson averaged 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four blocks per game. He was the only freshman in Michigan selected All-State by the Associated Press.

Jackson has also transitioned well to playing up an age group with the 17's for Dorian's Pride this spring.

"It's a faster paced game, but it's going to challenge me and make better," said Jackson, a 6-foot-6 wing. "I think the game is going to slow down a lot when I go back and play with my age group. It's good to go against stronger players."

Jackson was a selected to the All-Tournament team at the Up North Challenge along with teammates Jaylen Johnson and AJ Turner after helping Dorian's Pride claim the Gold Bracket Championship.

Jackson then helped Dorian's Pride to a 2-1 record last weekend at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest. One of those wins came against SYF Players, a program that produced Michigan State sophomores Branden Dawson and Travis Trice.

Jackson does a little bit of everything on the basketball court. He's unselfish, runs the floor well, rebounds, and he is tough to stop slashing to the basket.

The feedback he's received from college coaches has been overwhelmingly positive.

"They like how I pass the ball, attack the basket, and that I am a good decision maker," said Jackson. "I need to get better with my shot. So that's what I am working on this summer."

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