RECRUITING ON THE SOUTH PLAINS
Ht: 6'2" | Wt: 190 lbs
JUCO: Northwest Florida State J.C. (Niceville, FL)
Video: Clip 1
Rivals | Scout N/R
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports | N/A
Cumulative Ranking: INC
OffersCincinnati, Colorado, Kansas St., Marquette, Oklahoma St., Oregon, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Virginia Tech
This comes as a bit of a surprise, but if you've been following along, there have been hints that SG Trency Jackson was a target for a few weeks now and Jackson committed to Texas Tech yesterday. Jackson has a bit of a winding road in that he initially committed to play for Southern Miss and even made it into school and had his own biography with Southern Miss. However, there were some issues with his ACT score, which went from 18 to 23 and that caused a red flag and before the season got started, Jackson ended up transferring to NW Florida St. J.C. to get some playing time. I can't blame Jackson for wanting to play.
And that offer list is all kinds of impressive. Those are all solid programs and so I'm hopeful that this is an indication that Jackson is a guy that can contribute immediately.
I don't want to spend a ton of time on the roster crunch, we've somewhat done that, but RRS.com's Chris Level tweeted earlier yesterday that one of the incoming players was going to be paying his own way. I have no idea who that is, plus he said last week that more than likely, Michael Carey won't qualify (although I do think Carey signed his LOI last week with high school teammate Wannah Bail). If we include Carey, that's 9 current commits. Subtract Carey and that leaves 8. If a current commit is paying his own way, that means there are 7 commits that need a scholarship and as a result 6 players on the current roster will be around next year, excluding Robert Lewandowski (graduation) and Jaron Nash (transfer).
The Southern Miss bio does give us a hint as to the type of high school player he was, which is good in that he averaged 25.3 points, 6.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals, so he was most likely a scoring point guard in high school. At NW Florida St. JC, Jackson was pretty good for a true freshman:
10.3 PPG | 40% FG% | 35% 3FG% | 3.1 RPG | 1.5 APG
There are still holes in his game, particularly the shooting percentage, but Jackson does have three years of eligibility.
The Player Speaks
LAJ's Nick Kosmider spoke with Jackson's head coach, :
"Trency is an outstanding defender, one of the best I have coached in 23 years," Forbes said in a telephone interview. "He can guard the other team’s best player, (position) one through three. He’s really athletic, can put it on the floor. He’s a good player and he’s only getting better. I think he’s a great fit."
And this from Jackson is just sexy:
"Coach Gillispie has turned around programs everywhere he has been, and I want to be a part of that," Jackson said. "Coming in, with everybody being new, we can shock some people, just win."
Jackson said he began taking greater pride in his defense during his senior season at Wingfield High in Mississippi. He led his team in scoring, he said, at about 25 points per game, but he knew he needed to become an equally dominating force on the opposite end to reach his full potential.
"I made it my mission to shut down the other teams best player," Jackson said, "because if you can take away their best player, you give yourself a good chance to win."
More after the jump.
There's also a bit of a question as to whether or not Jackson is a point guard or a shooting guard and he's probably a swing guard and can play both positions. At NW Florida St. J.C., Jackson played with a point guard that averaged 18 PPG for their JUCO team and I'd bet that this point guard gobbled up a ton of those point guard minutes with Jackson being too talented to just sit on the bench. Jackson told the NWFDaily that he's playing point guard:
"I loved everything," Jackson said of his visit. "I loved the atmosphere and I like the players they got coming in. I like Coach Gillispie, he’s a smart dude. He always turns around programs.
"I believe in him I want to be his point guard."
Jackson may have to fight off Daylen Robinson, but it's just he and Robinson at the point right now, especially not knowing who is going to be back. I somewhat had Jamal Williams pegged as a point guard because he didn't score at the JUCO level and I'm sure that this isn't that big of a deal when it's all said and done. Just guesses on my part.
I could only find one YouTube video, but Jackson does have a handful of videos on his Hudl profile page and you get a better sense of his game. He is a combo guard and he can score a variety of ways including going to the basket. Those are all things that Texas Tech didn't have a ton of last year, so what Jackson brings is useful for sure. Jackson having three years to develop is significant for this program as this team could certainly use some players that are here for a while. The other thing that wasn't evident on his Hudl film was that Jackson is a defense-first player. Again, another attribute that this team needs desperately
Trency, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2012 Class
|Position||Commitment||Ht/Wt||High School/State||Cumulative Ranking|
|PG||Daylen Robinson||6-0/178||Moberly Area C.C. (Kansas City, MO)||60.0|
|PG||Jamal Williams||6-3/185||Lake Land College (Matton, IL)||N/R|
|SG||Dusty Hannahs||6-3/200||Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, AR)||51.3|
|SG||Michael Carey||6-5/190||Lamar Consolidated (Rosenberg, TX)||60.0|
|SG||Trency Jackson||6-2/190||Northwest Florida State J.C. (Niceville, FL)||INC|
|SF||Wannah Bail||6-8/205||Lamar Consolidated (Rosenberg, TX)||72.3|
|PF||Aaron Ross||6-7/220||St. John's Northwest Military Academy (Delafield, WI)||INC|
|C||Rodrigo Silva||6-10/225||Laramie County C.C. (Cheyenne, WY)||INC|