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Basketball Recruiting

Four-star junior Chandler Jackson becoming a national priority

April 15, 2021

Memphis has found its way into being one of the top and upcoming states as far as producing high-level talent. 

This season, that continued as Christian Brothers combo guard Chandler Jackson has blossomed into another star that will eventually play at the high-major level. The 6-foot-5 combo had an excellent season this year.

Jackson was the leader and a crucial focal point for his squad this season, leading them to an impressive 21-1 record and an appearance in his district’s semi-finals. Jackson had told that prior to the season his squad was ready and he didn’t expect a lot of losses, and he only saw one regular-season loss this year.

Individually, he finished the year averaging 17.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. On a balanced team with several talented prospects, Jackson led the way and bolstered himself, in my opinion, into the Top-100 prospects in the 2022 class and arguably one of the more consistent prospects in the state of Tennessee.

Jackson now has some time prior to AAU season with Team Thad to focus on his recruitment and many newer programs, including Penny Hardaway’s bunch, have entered the fro. So, let’s find out who all is in the mix.

Now, here’s my conversation with and Chandler Jackson.

Which programs would you say are heavily involved?

“Memphis, TCU, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Creighton, Wake Forest.”

Any newer programs that have shown interest?

“My AAU coaches told me Texas, Indiana, and Minnesota talked to my uncle.”

Penny Hardway offered you last night, thoughts on that and overall on Memphis?

“It felt good. I have been waiting on that offer for so long so it felt good. I was so happy, smiling and it’s just good to know you can play for a guy who played in the league and played your position and how you get to learn from someone like him.”

How about a program like Florida State, which has been involved for a long time?

“I like FSU they play big guards and I like how no matter if you start or come off the bench you can be a lottery pick and I like how coach Hamilton coaches and their identity as a program.”

What would be your ideal choice for a school?

“Just a winning program, a good relationship with coaches, and good educational program, and a good city.”

Breakdown your game and season.

“I’m a tall PG. I can pass it, I can score on all three levels, I can play defense, I play hard, and I do whatever the coach tells me to do. This season was a good season, I hit 1,000 points and we went undefeated until the final four. I was Mr basketball's finalist.”

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