#15 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
HIGH SCHOOL: La LUMIERE HIGH SCHOOL IN INDIANA
CHOSE MICHIGAN STATE OVER: INDIANA, GEORGETOWN, MARYLAND, AMONG OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Jackson plays for one of the top high school teams in the country as La Lumiere (In Indiana) was ranked #1 for a month in the beginning of the high school season. The 5-star recruit is a major reason why. Last year, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo nailed his 2016 recruiting class. One of those players in Izzo’s 2016 class included Nick Ward, who was a top 50 recruit and has been playing well for the Spartans this year. While Jackson plays the same position as Ward, Izzo will find a way to get both players on the court at the same time. The number 15 ranked recruit in the class of 2017 is simply too talented not to get major playing time as a freshmen next year.
We saw Jaren Jackson and his very talented high school team play on ESPN this past December. We have also evaluated his film extensively. 2 words come to mind when describing the PF. “Stretch-Four”. We firmly believe that the 225 pounder will thrive in this role when he heads off to play in the Big-10 conference. At 6’10”, he shows off a really nice shooting stroke with a quick release. Not too many players at his size at any level of basketball has the range on his jump-shot than he does. The mid-range and 3-point game are already in his offensive arsenal and he is a match-up nightmare due to his height and 7’3 wingspan.
Jackson is more than just a shooter. He displays very good athleticism, which will make him a welcome addition to the Spartans roster, as MSU has been known for years to be a tough and rugged team with players who might lack top-notch overall athletic ability. With Izzo’s 2016 recruiting class and the commitment of Jackson, that perception is changing quickly.
The Indiana native is working on developing his low-post game. He shows the potential in time to have a nice little jump-hook (lefty) as well as a turnaround jumper. We believe he will need these 2 moves so he isn’t labeled as just a 6’10 jump shooter. He will need to play down-low as well. At the high school level, his 2 strengths on the defensive end are rebounding and shot-blocking. As we project him out to the college level, he should be a solid rebounder. We believe the shot-blocking will translate to the college game as he has very good timing getting off the floor.
In our opinion, Jackson needs to put on weight. Like the majority of big-men that we profile, adding weight/strength is a major necessity. Does he have the strength right now to battle down low in the Big-10? No. However, once he gets into the Spartans strength and conditioning program, he should be able to hold his own.
Jaren Jackson is going to make a name for himself at the college level due to his offensive game. There are a lot of tools in his bag. He should be able to come in as a freshmen and put points up on the scoreboard. All the potential is there for him to be a really good college player.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF JAREN JACKSON
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