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Basketball Recruiting

Introducing 2023's Jackson Shelstad

December 31, 2020

2023 prospect Jackson Shelstad is already drawing early comparison to Boston Celtics first-round selection Payton Pritchard. The 6-foot-1 guard out of West Linn, Oregon, led his varsity squad to the school's first 6A all-state basketball tournament for the first time in three years.

Playing for West Coast Elite on the Under Armour Circuit, Shelstad was able to display his exceptional ball-handling ability and his overall quickness down the floor. His play at camps and games over the past few months has bolstered him into one of the West Coast’s top guards as well as a high-major prospect.

Shelstad has lured in offers from a selection of division one programs. Arizona State, Washington State, UCSB, amongst others have extended the young West Linn lead guard a scholarship.

My thoughts on his game are pretty simple, he’s a guy you’ve got to watch out for at all times on the floor. Lightning quick with the ball, crafty, scores on multiple levels, and prides himself on decision making and teammate involvement. This is a prospect I’m investing in heavily in the 2023 class and buying in on him remaining a Power-five recruit.

I got to speak with Shelstad and he discussed his early recruitment with

Which programs are currently involved early in your recruitment?

“Some of the early programs include Oregon, Kansas, Arizona State, Gonzaga, and Pepperdine.”

Who is the newest school to show interest?


What are your thoughts on the in-state program, Oregon?

“I have a good relationship with multiple coaches on the staff. Coach [Dana] Altman is a phenomenal coach as well. They are always one of the top teams in the Pac-12 and that stuff is intriguing.”

How about the newest program to enter the mix, Kansas?

“They’re blue blood. Also, a very great program that has produced many NBA players and first-round draft picks. In addition, they’re always one of the top teams in the country, and they’re coached very well.”

You recently added another Pac-12 offer from Arizona State, thoughts on them?

“At ASU, they let their guards play. They're known as Guard-U and Coach [Bobby] Hurley was a great guard in college and it would be great to play for him.”

Breakdown your game if you had to set up a scouting report.

“I can get my teammates involved. I believe that I'm also very crafty and I can get to the hoop really well. I can also shoot the three-ball well and I play very hard on defense.”

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