Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) wing Josh Jackson wouldn’t exactly say that he’s outright jealous of his peers. It’s just that when 21 of his fellow McDonald’s All Americans no longer know the stress of a looming college decision it’s hard not to want that to be your reality.
Jackson and Texas centers Marques Bolden and Jarrett Allen are the lone McDonald’s players who are uncommitted.
“It’s been a little rough on me,” Jackson said of his recruitment. “Kind of stressful. I feel like I’m getting close to making a decision. I’m down to three schools: Kansas, Michigan State and Arizona. I feel like I’ll be able to make a decision within the next month or so.”
Jackson got a break from the stress of that thought process Monday afternoon when he received his honorary McDonald’s All American Game jersey during a ceremony at Justin-Siena High School as part of the McDonald’s All American Game Hometown Heroes presented by American Family Insurance. The game is March 30 in Chicago.
“I was so excited,” Jackson said of making the game. “I just couldn’t believe I got selected. I’ve been watching this game for years — ever since Kobe, LeBron, Kevin Durant. It’s always been a dream of mine to play in this game and I’m just happy that I have the opportunity now.”
Jackson, who is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 100, certainly doesn’t lack for confidence. He was awarded Biggest Trash Talker by his peers in the USA TODAY High School Sports’ AAU Awards and Superlatives this past summer.
And, yes, he regularly backs it up.
Jackson won gold medals at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
In August, he finished off a dominant summer by taking home the Under Armour Elite 24’s dunk contest and MVP trophies; makes sense that one of the things Jackson’s most looking forward to about the McDonald’s All American Game is throwing down vicious dunks trying for the perfect score.
“I’m looking forward to the dunk contest, that should be fun,” Jackson said. “Just hanging out with guys. I’m friends with a lot of the guys who got selected and just being to share the experience with my friends will be a really good thing.”
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