Thursday, February 4, 2016

KU makes top recruit Josh Jackson’s final three

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


Josh Jackson, a 6-7 senior shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., this week officially narrowed his list of schools to Kansas University, Michigan State and Arizona.

Jackson, who is the No. 1-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2016 by, is originally from the Detroit area. Last summer, he played for USA Basketball’s Under 19 team, which was coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller and won a gold medal at the World Championships.

“It’s been a little rough on me,” Jackson said of his recruitment in an interview with USA Today. “Kind of stressful. I feel like I’m getting close to making a decision. I’m down to three schools. I feel like I’ll be able to make a decision within the next month or so.”

Jackson was awarded “Biggest Trash Talker” by the country’s AAU players who were polled by USA Today last summer.

Former NBA player Gary Payton, who was sitting in the stands watching his son, Julian, play for Phoenix Hillcrest Academy, engaged in some trash talk with Jackson during last Saturday’s Prolific Prep-Hillcrest game.

Jackson stared down Gary Payton after hitting a key second-half three. Both yelled at each other a few times.

“It was real fun. I'm a trash-talker. He’s a trash-talker. We kind of went at it a little bit, but it was all respect,” Jackson told Yahoo Sports after a five-point victory.

“He’s a kid and he's having fun. I respect him because he has a lot of dog in him to come back and talk. He has a lot of gall to do that, so that's good. But in these situations, you got to understand if you're going to talk it, you got to back it up. Back it up!” Payton told Yahoo.

Big game for Lightfoot: Kansas University signee Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior forward from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High, scored 39 points and had 21 rebounds in Gilbert’s victory over Campo Verde on Tuesday night. 

“Mitch Lightfoot making POY (player of year) statement last night,” wrote Richard Obert of on Twitter.

Lightfoot attended Saturday’s KU-Kentucky game in Allen Fieldhouse. “I swear I’ve been a lot of places and I’ve never seen anything like that. The fans are bonkers. The place is crazy, the best there is,” Lightfoot wrote on Twitter. He’s the No. 117-rated player in the Class of 2016 by

— See what people were saying about the Sunflower Showdown during’s live coverage.

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By the Numbers: Kansas beats K-State, 77-59


Aaron Paisley 6 years, 3 months ago

Jackson has an alpha dog mentality and an edge to him that's been missing from KU for several years now.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 3 months ago

You said it! We really need a dog like Jackson!!!

Ralph Huge 6 years, 3 months ago

As much as I normally hate trash talkers, we've needed someone to take on a vocal leadership role and be that brash "alpha dog". Sounds like he could really be a great get for KU, not just based on his ball skills!

Lance Cheney 6 years, 3 months ago

Too bad he'd only be here for a year...

Jared Reeves 6 years, 3 months ago

Aaron, I agree. We need a player to play with some emotion.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

Jackson is a nice talent. What "Alpha Dog" mentality he has remains to be seen. Fans thought the same about many players over the last few years only to be disappointed. High school, AAU and college are all different things.

Robert Brock 6 years, 3 months ago

Jackson will go with Michigan State. Izzo is putting together a great class. Jackson is not going to miss out on the juggernaut that the Spartans will be in the next few years.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

I don't know that Jackson thinks in terms of more than one year. Nobody will be more loaded than Kansas next year. If Svi and Selden leave he very possibly comes to Kansas. If one or neither go, (especially if Svi stays)maybe not, but who cares?

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 3 months ago

Please explain how KU will be the most loaded team next year? Are you only referring to the final three teams in the race for Jackson?

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

Let me help you out Bob. We will have Mason and Graham returning, possibly Selden but Greene, Svi and Vick will be back. In the frontcourt we will have Bragg, Diallo and Lucas and so far Udoka Azubuike and Lightfoot in next year's recruiting class in which I believe we will sign one more five star player.

Our biggest loss will be Ellis. I believe Bragg will be a much better player than Ellis. One of the hugest leaps in playing ability under Self has been from their freshman to their sophomore year. Either way, more talent is coming in than going out.

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 3 months ago

KU may be loaded next year in terms of bodies. There is no way KU will have the team loaded with the most talent.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

In Marius example KU RETURNS 2/3 McD AAs, a national team Euro, A second team Big12 preseason player, a JR PG with 4-1 assist-TO/10.5 PPG/42% from three, a 55% 3 point adds at least one freshman McD AA.

Not enough talent? That's the definition of loaded.

Rob Bedford III 6 years, 3 months ago

KU will have a lot of talent on the roster next year. But they will be far from the most loaded team.

Chandler Accipiter 6 years, 3 months ago

Jackson sounds like the type of player who has the potential to disrespect opposing teams. Self should probably pull his offer.

Linda Peschka 6 years, 3 months ago

Contacts I have in Arizona says he will go to Arizona because of the relationship with Coach Miller, which was developed while playing on the AAU team coached by Miller.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

They have an obvious need for him and very few questions about their returners. I wonder why he wouldn't just commit there if he's that inclined?

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

I think he is waiting to see which team has the best chance at making a deep run in the NCAA that also will give him the most minutes on the court. I don't see him committing until late spring.

Tom Jones 6 years, 3 months ago

It's just how recruiting works these days. The top players often wait as long as they can to see who's coming back.

Kent Richardson 6 years, 3 months ago

Make your decision already. Geez.

Trash talking is so much crap. Alpha dogs get dominated and bitten so they can slink away. Basketball players are the worst fighters of any sport.

Jack Hoff 6 years, 3 months ago

We need Selden to excel going forward so he leave and make room for Jackson. Seems college ready, who the hell really knows though.

William Weissbeck 6 years, 3 months ago

If Brent Musburger is correct, we have no first round NBA picks, so except for graduations, all will be back.

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