ESPN No. 3 ranked high school senior Josh Jackson has committed to Kansas.
The basketball world had been eagerly awaiting to see where Jackson, the last uncommitted 2016 top 10 recruit, would end up playing next year.
“I love Coach [Bill] Self,” Jackson said to ESPN at the recent McDonald’s All American Game. “I love the way he coaches his players. Pushes them, makes them better.”
“When I took my official visit there, I got this real good feeling that they were all about family,” Jackson added. “You could really trust people there.”
There had been speculation for many months that Jackson would be headed to Michigan State.
“I’m strongly considering it,” Jackson had told SNY.tv previously of joining Tom Izzo at Michigan State. “It’s my hometown so it would be a favorite.”
A big draw for Jackson was Spartan commit, No. 6 senior Miles Bridges, a good friend and fellow Michigan native.
But in the end, Jackson chose the Jayhawks.
“There’s always an element of surprise on this one when there’s been no leaks from Jackson’s family and inner circle,” Rivals.com basketball analyst Eric Bossi told the Detroit Free Press. “But I think there’s certainly been a growing sentiment for the last week or two weeks that Kansas was going to be the team to beat when it came down to decision day.”
With Kansas star Wayne Selden leaving for the NBA, there will be plenty of playing time for Jackson in the fall.
The 6-8 Jackson, a star at Prolific Prep high school in Napa, California, averaged 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds last season as a junior (through Feb. 1) after transferring from Detroit’s Consortium College Prep, where he led the team to the Michigan state title the previous year.
This season he averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in his senior year at Prolific Prep.
Jackson is also a three-time USA Basketball gold medal winner (U16, U17 and U19).
At Kansas, he will join fellow 2016 recruits No. 22 Udoka Azubuike and No. 64 Mitch Lightfoot.