Josh Jackson, among the top three players in the Class of 2016, went off for 50 points in the Big Strick Classic on Saturday night. The total sets a record for the annual showcase event.
Jackson, a Michigan native who plays for Prolific Prep in California, added 16 rebounds and five assists as Team USA, made up of many of the top players in the nation, beat Team NYC 159-137 at the Gauchos Gym in Bronx, N.Y. The annual showcase is dedicating to the memory of street ball legend John “Franchise” Strickland.
“It’s my first time playing in this event and I really like it and I wish that I could play again,” Jackson told ZagsBlog.com. “I came out here and made the best of it.”
On the recruiting front, Jackson told ZagsBlog that Villanova, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan State, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, UNLV and UCLA were still under consideration. Jackson recently visited Michigan State and is likely to visit Maryland in the next few weeks before he returns to New York for the Under Armour Elite 24.
Billy Preston (Prime Prep, Dallas) added 28 points and Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (Northside; Pinetown, N.C.) added 24. He also won the dunk contest before the game. Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley, Minn.) added 15.
For Team NYC, Myles Powell (South Kent, Conn.) finished 28 points and won the 3-point contest before the game. Trevon Duval (St. Benedict’s Prep; Newark, N.J.) added 20 and shared Team NYC MVP honors with Powell. Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart; Westhaven, Conn.) added 10.