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Jackson Shelstad talks dazzling Peach Jam performance, recruitment

July 25, 2021

In December, we introduced a sneaky good point guard from Oregon to YOU, the community.

His name is Jackson Shelstad, he’s a 6-foot-1 guard out of West Linn High School in Oregon. He does hold plenty of scholarship offers now including ones from Oregon, Oregon State, Kansas, Houston, Washington, Texas Tech, amongst others. 

Shelstad had quite the high school season, averaged nearly 31 points per game along with five-plus assists per game. He was a standout prospect and paved the way to become not only a star in his state but, a commodity across the nation.

The West Linn star opted to accept a roster spot with the Oakland Soldiers, a premier program on the Nike EYBL circuit. Some of the programs alum include Chauncey Billups, Kendrick Perkins, Aaron Gordon, Stanley Johnson, and oh, Lebron James. So, Shelstad sees himself on one of the biggest stages in high school sports and saw himself competing in Peach Jam, where he dazzled.

Entering Peach Jam, everyone knew Shelstad was great, but it was time for them to confirm it themselves in person with NBA scouts and college coaches in attendance. Within his first four games in Augusta, he was averaging nearly 19.5 points per game on 52% shooting, with five assists and two rebounds also on the stat sheet.

He was consistent all tournament long, even after they were eliminated from title play. In the consolation game this morning, he finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists against a really talented Nightrydas team.

After that game, he caught up with and discussed his performance at Peach Jam, takeaways from Peach, and a nice update on his recruitment.

Which schools are heavily involved in your recruitment?

“Oregon, Gonzaga, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, and Houston.”

Are any new schools interested since Peach Jam has started?

“Florida, Baylor, Villanova, Michigan, UConn, and Virginia.”

Hometown hero, how does that sound for Oregon? 

“Oregon is a big-time program. I have a strong relationship with their coaching staff. They really like that I can really score but I can also create for my teammates.”

How about Gonzaga, what is the relationship like with them?

“Gonzaga reaches out to me every day. I have built a strong relationship with them. They think I can fit into their style of play with the way I push the ball and can find my teammates or score. And they like how I can shoot the three-ball well.”

Arizona? What is the relationship like with the new staff?

“Arizona has had a strong past with their point guards. Coach Lloyd and their staff really like the way I play. They liked what they saw at Peach Jam. They are strongly involved.”

Any visits you will take?

“I haven’t planned any yet but will likely take a few in the fall.”

Now let’s talk Peach. How do you feel you played?

“I thought I had a strong showing at Peach [Jam]. I think I showed coaches that I love to compete and what I am capable of doing at the point guard position.”

Your thoughts on attending Peach, what was it like?

“There is no high school basketball environment like Peach Jam. The competition and energy are next levels. Every game you have to give it your best.”

How will you approach your recruitment?

“I am looking to build relationships early and get to know a lot about the program. I am taking it slow and not in a rush to make any decisions right now.”

Finally, which NBA player[s] do you emulate your game after, why?

“I like to watch Chris Paul the way he plays in the pick and roll game. And I like Trae Young’s shiftiness, his floaters, and the ways he gets into his three balls.”

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