Texas Tech and Tubby Smith get a legacy. An important legacy, former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes, no strike that, National Championship winning Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes' son, Jordan Jackson. Jackson becomes the first commitment to Texas Tech in the 2015 class, has committed to Texas Tech. Jackson is a 6-3 shooting guard from St. Pius in Houston.
Jackson is a high flying shooting guard that is a bit slight, but he's incredibly athletic and I can't think of a better sign than to have Tubby Smith and Pooh Williamson connect with a player that has such a huge connection to the legacy that is Texas Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Pius (Houston, TX)
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RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals | Scout N/R
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VTM PROFILE DATE: ###, 2014
OFFERS: Bowling Green, Houson, Tulsa, Stephen F. Austin, Bryant University, Citadel, Long Island, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Rider, Sam Houston State, Texas Tech
THE PLAYER SPEAKS: Jackson spoke with Scout regarding his options and talked about what Texas Tech meant to him:
To have the caliber of teams such as Texas Tech and a coach as successful as coach Tubby to have the faith in you and sees the talent in you to come into a team like that your freshman year and be able to have an impact on the team and what they do is a really great feeling.
Additionally, when speaking with Scout, Jackson spoke a bit about his game:
"I am 6-3, running the floor; that's my biggest strength right now is rebounding and getting out on the break, but in the half-court I can shoot the 3, I will shoot the 3, I am a knock down shooter," Jackson said. "I'm working on it right now to be a little more consistent. I'm a little streaky right now, but that's going to change this upcoming year and everybody will see."
There's more there so make sure and go check it out.
Also, from the DMN, we've got Jackson talking about the community and why he chose Texas Tech:
"I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Man, this is the place I want to be,'" Jackson told 247Sports.com. "Being there, I had that gut feeling, ‘You know what? There's no need to wait. I already feel welcomed here. I already feel like I'm part of the team so why not join the team?
"The community was really welcoming when I got there. Just being able to - oh, man, it's a lot. They just treated me like I was already part of the program. The team, they treated me like I was already on the team. Coach Tubby, I really felt like I had a close connection with him as well."
SCOUTING REPORT: The toughest thing players like Jackson is that there's not just a lot of information about him, at least not right now. You can see from his MaxPreps profile that he doesn't have just a ton of stats. This of course assumes that these stats are accurate, which may not be the case. Still, in limited action, Jackson scored 13 points a game and that's not all that bad.
The thing that's really interesting to me is that these kids mostly grow up playing AAU basketball and that's what they know. For Jackson, it was TJ Ford's team and it appears that Jackson has been with Ford's AAU team since at least the 8th grade where he was dunking.
In watching the video, Jackson is definitely a guy that can jump, but he has to refine his game as I am guessing that this is the part that he lacks. There would be more highlights of his jumpers if that were the case, but it's pretty much a dunk-fest for jackson, which is great. If anything, it very much shows off his athleticism and he has plenty of it. Jackson pretty much acknowledges that shooting the ball his his biggest weakness, but that's okay. He's got time. Still, it has to be better and refine that part of his game.