Nino Jackson, a 6-1 guard from Ardmore Oklahoma, has signed with LMU today per recruiting site Future150. Jackson is somewhat of a recruiting enigma. Originally part of the 2012 class, Jackson had a bevy of high major programs from the Big 12 recruiting him his senior year in high school. Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were among the schools most interested in the athletic guard. However, Kansas was said to be the favorite, and when Jackson attended the Jayhawk elite camp, he was offered a scholarship by Head Coach Bill Self.
However, things did not turn out as planned and Jackson had to step away from the game for close to a year. This past season, Jackson reemerged at Kingdom Prep in Columbus Georgia, and played along incoming Lions Evan Payne and Patson Siame. This article from the recruiting site Future 150 is a nice summary Jackson’s backstory.
Jackson’s return to the court was subsequently followed by a renascence in his recruitment, and as stated in the Future 150 article, Jackson again began to receive interest from several Big 12 schools. Additionally due to Kingdom Prep’ s location, SEC schools like Georgia and Ole Miss also expressed interest. Recruiting is about relationships and connections, and undoubtedly having contact with the Kingdom Prep Headmaster & Athletic Director Dr. Marshall McGill, was a great inroad for Coach Good and staff. Jackson made his official visit to LMU in late March, and today made his commitment to the Lions official.
Jackson has to be one of the most highly regarded players to ever commit to LMU out of high school. Coach Good and the staff really have to be commended for this accomplishment. Not only Jackson, but both Siame and Payne are also considered top 100 recruits, which is really remarkable.
Getting back to Jackson, below is a summary of his strengths detailed by various recruiting sites.
Future 150: Four star recruit (TOP 100 player in 2013 # 90)
There aren’t many kids in the country as gifted athletically as Nino Jackson. He has elite-level bounce and is capable of dunking on his opponent at any time. He also has shooting range out past the NBA line. Elite change of speed and impressive ball-handling skills. Very good court vision.
Scout.com Three start recruit
Strengths: 3 Point shooting range, ball handling, aggressive scoring, athleticism
Rivals.com Four star recruit ranked 38# in 2012 class
Analyst Eric Bossi had this to say about Jackson.
“There is not a more athletic guard in the class of 2012,” said Bossi. “There may not be a more athletic guy in any class. The explosiveness allows for jaw-dropping plays – as evidenced by his ferocious one hand from the right side and two handed tip from the left side facials over the same guy – but he’s got some craftiness to him.
“The guy is built to make plays, but now he has to learn about patience and how to be a little more consistent,” he added. He’s long maintained Kansas as his leader with North Carolina, Baylor, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and the “Longhorns” showing interest.”
ESPN Recruiting Three star 91 ranking
Nino Jackson is a tremendous addition to the 2013 LMU class. Lions fans have a lot to be excited about and look forward to next season. With this tremendous class, several key returning players, and players coming off red shirts year next year should certainly be a great one.
Congrats to Nino and welcome to the LMU family!