White Station's Jackson down to 3: UT, Memphis, Kansas

MEMPHIS - If there is a leader for his services, White Station High School senior guard Joe Jackson wasn't ready to announce it Tuesday.

However, the highly regarded point guard prospect said he has narrowed his college decision to three schools.

"Memphis, Kansas and Tennessee," the 5-11, 160-pound Jackson said.

"I just sat down (Monday) and thought by myself, personally, what I really wanted to do and what school I really liked.

"I just put everything to the side and thought about where I really wanted to go and what three schools I could truly see myself playing for."

Jackson declined to discuss Tuesday whether he would make official visits to the three schools, although a Rivals.com report released Monday stated otherwise, saying Jackson planned to make official visits to Kansas and Tennessee.

"I don't know," Jackson said Tuesday when asked about potential visits.

Jackson, whom Rivals.com ranks the nation's No. 18 overall prospect in the class of 2010 and the No. 5 point guard prospect, had also drawn interest from Arkansas, Duke, Kentucky, Marquette, Ohio State and Stanford.

His AAU coach, Eric "Cowboy" Robinson, told Rivals.com writer Adam Zagoria on Monday night that "Memphis is the front-runner" for Jackson's services.

However, Robinson said Tuesday he was "shocked" by Jackson's decision to cut his college list to three schools.

"He shocked me," Robinson said. "I guess he's getting older. I guess he knows where he wants to go.

"If he knows, he might as well get it over with, but I haven't talked to him (about the cut to three schools)."

The Commercial Appeal's 2008-09 Pepsi Best of the Preps player of the year, Jackson averaged an area-best 26.2 points per game as a junior last season to lead White Station to its fifth Class AAA state title this decade.

Later this month, he will travel to New York's famed Rucker Park, where he and 23 other of the nation's top high school basketball talents will participate in the fourth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24.

The Aug. 21 event will be televised on tape delay at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 on ESPNU, and will also include University of Memphis commitment Will Barton, a highly rated 6-6 shooting guard.

"I'm looking forward to going up to (Rucker) Park and playing. It's like the top park in the world to showcase your street-ball ability," Jackson said. "I want to go up there and show I can play on the street, too."

Staff reporter Dan Wolken contributed to this story.

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kyvol98 writes:

Joe Jackson would "Look Sharp" in orange!

(Geez, that was bad, wasn't it?)

oldsmokey67 writes:

i'm not worried about him coming to ut.if we get him great.if we don't who cares.cj watson was a 3-star point guard in high school.selby and jackson could'nt hold cj's jockstrap.

b_neas writes:

good KY is not in the pic, or until they do something illegal to get him back to considering them, lol, last white station player we had (Dane) turned out pretty good

thevoice writes:

Street ball? Guess some things don't change much.

volfan2002 writes:

The fact that we are in his top three is rather surprising. I think early playing time is the key factor with the Vols. He could step into the point guard position fairly quickly.

TommyJack writes:

in response to BigVolMan:

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Calipari probably has a Woodrow Wilson.

murrayvol writes:

World Wide Wes will soon be sharing the merits of Memphis and Kansas with JJ.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to kyvol98:

Joe Jackson would "Look Sharp" in orange!

(Geez, that was bad, wasn't it?)

Yeah, let's hope he's "Steppin' Out" of Memphis to come to UT.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to oldsmokey67:

i'm not worried about him coming to ut.if we get him great.if we don't who cares.cj watson was a 3-star point guard in high school.selby and jackson could'nt hold cj's jockstrap.

He is not being recruited to hold anyone's jock strap.He is being recruited to play basketball for Tennessee.

Bigger_Al writes:

If you get a visit, you have a chance.

byobbio writes:

Memphis bound. IMO.

BillsBrother writes:

in response to b_neas:

good KY is not in the pic, or until they do something illegal to get him back to considering them, lol, last white station player we had (Dane) turned out pretty good

Dane was not last. We have a pretty good White Station player on the current roster.

ballewville6 writes:

we were recruiting great then got bombed by bartons decision to go to memphis and the decommits from the others and other highly rated recruits that were looking at us then dropped us

Slystone writes:

in response to DaMan:

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Good points DaMan, what's interesting is no one is talking about Pearls inability to recruit the Memphis area. Arkansas Coach Phelrey just nabbed a big time guard from there this week in Mitchell H.S. guard Mardracus Wade. Pearl has invested a lot "I'm sorry his assistants" time in recruiting the Bluff City and so far nothing for it. Obviously Overrated Mem has not seen JJ play. He is the real deal and at this point UT needs a legit point guard as bad bad as Kiffin needs a QB. But that's okay because there's the JUCO circuit, yeah right. By the way CJ's game got better after he left college. At UT he was steady, but not spectacular. Cudos to him for improving his game to play at the next level.

TommyJack writes:

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quite what?

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

chance of getting him at UT is not quite 1 in 1000.

beachvol1 writes:

Obviously quite a few of the posters in this message board have not seen Mr Jackson play...pretty good player for those who haven't seen him...very quick and can shoot it...I realize that Memphis will be very hard to beat for this one, but there is a chance and he is NOT OVERRATED by any means...the guy that I don't understand why Coach Pearl doesn't recruit is Jalen Steele of Fulton...guy is definitely a D-1 player and having seen him in the state tournament, I am really impressed with him...and he is right in his backyard!!!

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Why are you so angry and how do you know about JJ(Dyn-o-mite!)? Can we do anything to help? You seem to have fallen a couple feet from the rocker...

Slystone writes:

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You'll be sleeping a long time cause he's not coming to UT.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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How do you know all that you claim to know? Do you have an inside source for UK, UT, Memphis and Joe Jackson personally?

ETNTigerFan writes:

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Look at how many pros have come from UM vs UT.

oldsmokey67 writes:

sorry i pissed u guys off with my comments about joe jackson.yeah we need him.but i think if we can't land him there are guys out there that would bust there butts to play for the vols.from what i have been told daniel west would be the point guard if he could keep have kept his grades up.and daniel west was a three star that came highly recommended.

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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WHATS UP CRY BABY YOUR STILL IN THE CLOSET I SEE

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to BIGGEST_UT_FAN:

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BOOK SAY WHATS UP BIG HOW YA BEEN? MIX ONE

oldsmokey67 writes:

beachvol1 mentioned jalen steele.that is one kid we should go after.and he's a home grown boy from knoxville.keep recruiting joe jackson.but have a backup plan.i say there is a 70% chance jackson goes to memphis.and we don't need to let jalen steele get away.

gbeejr#1354500 writes:

In today's time, to get the top rated memphis kid that memphis state has targeted is now virtually impossible to do. Cal may be gone, but the dye has been cast - tiger high will do whatever it takes (check the latest NCAA investigations)to keep their program in the top ten and they will get Jackson. Pearl would be better off recruiting memphis kids that tiger high isn't going all out for (like the Wade kid that went to Arkansas).

newtonrail writes:

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Yes, Hamblen Turkey.

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