CLAREMONT, Calif. – Like many elite basketball recruits, Josh Jackson has been logging many miles this summer.
Jackson, considered by some recruiting services to be the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016, was on the gold-medal winning US team in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece, playing in the championship game July 5.
He then returned to the U.S. and was at the Under Armour All-American camp in Charlotte, N.C. Jackson got some attention for getting ejected for jawing with a referee while sitting on the bench in a game he wasn’t playing.
Jackson played one game at the event and scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field.
He then traveled cross-country to Claremont, Calif., for the Under Armour West Coast Elite 100 Camp at Pomona Pitzer. He did not play in the camp’s top 20 game Sunday but was in attendance and also spent time talking to the teams of younger players about playing the right way.
He is next expected at the Under Armour Association finals event this weekend in Georgia.
Such is the life of a top prospect.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound has now won three gold medals with USA Basketball.
“It was a great experience,” Jackson said. “We had some of the toughest games I’ve ever had playing with USA Basketball. I felt that coach (Sean) Miller did a really great job of preparing us for that level of competition and getting us together as a team.”
Jackson said he enjoyed playing for Miller, who is the head coach at the University of Arizona, a school that is recruiting him very hard.
But the Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep prospect mentioned plenty of other schools who are doing all they can to land him.
“Kansas and Michigan State are definitely pushing hard,” Jackson said. “UNLV and Maryland, also.”