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Basketball Recruiting

Four-star junior Chandler Jackson discusses his recruitment

December 1, 2020

Chandler Jackson used this entire pandemic [so far] to train. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard is the star player for Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tennessee. He’s rated as a four-star prospect out of the 2022 class. 

Jackson’s goal headed into this season was to showcase his ability and wanted to improve on his scoring and he’s done that early. He’s quickly helped his team to an early 2-0 record and had 18 points in a victory for the last week.

Despite being one of the more under-the-radar prospects, Jackson holds his slew of high-major offers and draws himself very busy recruitment.

He took the time to chop it up with virtually as we discussed his recruitment.

What schools are still currently involved in your recruitment?

“A lot of schools are still involved in my recruitment. You’ve got Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Alabama, Creighton, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Florida State, that’s about it and most of the schools interested are still in the mix.”

Any newer programs to enter the mix?

“Iowa State is the newest school to enter the mix but besides that, there are no new schools.”

Thoughts on the Iowa State program?

“Yeah, Iowa State is a really good program. The coach hit me up the other day and he was like I didn’t think you were interested but I definitely am interested because they are a really good program. They produce good players, a few NBA players already, so that’s a good school.”

How about the Alabama Crimson Tide, they’ve been involved for a while.

“You’ve got Alabama, they’ve got JD Davison coming in. Coach [Nate] Oats is doing a really good job. I talk to Coach Henry every day, well I try to. We talk about life and you know stuff like that or just how our day was.”

Florida State is another program involved, thoughts?

“Florida State is a really good program with a really good coach. I think they had two first-round picks this year so that was a really big thing for them. Coach [Stan] Jones is recruiting me. He sent me little videos about the people getting drafted and talked about them. Coach Hamilton is also a good coach and I really enjoy that Newbloods thing they’ve got going on.”

What about your hometown school, Memphis?

“Yeah Memphis, of course, it’s my hometown school. Penny Hardaway is the coach. Penny is  a really good coach and a good recruiter, so I like Memphis too.”

Commitment timeline?

“Probably around my senior year.”

Describe your game.

“I’m a scorer. I can score, I can score a lot, but at the same time, I can also get my teammates involved. I’ve been doing that a lot the past few games, I’ve been getting around five assists a game right now. But I’m also scoring too, they need me to score and shoot threes. I can score on all three levels and I’m also a point guard that can pass. I can play defense too. I keep my opponent in front of me and don’t let him score.”

Season expectations.

“Our season expectations are really high. We made it to the final four last year but lost to Knox Catholic and BJ Edwards. This year we could make it past the final four, we are a very deep team this year. We are also playing well right now, we’re 4-0 and we have some tough games ahead of us so we could see how good we are. We will surprise a lot of people, I said this last year but this year I’m for real. Everybody’s main goal is to hold the Gold Ball at Lipscomb [State Finals].”

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