The swarm of media around Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) basketball star Josh Jackson was huge during events for the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago.
The reason? The American Family Insurance ALL-USA first teamer is the top uncommitted basketball recruit in the nation — and some argue the best basketball recruit overall — with the signing period set to begin next week.
Will it be Michigan State? Or Kansas? Or Arizona? When will a decision come? Does one school have the lead?
While we are not absolving ourselves here as part of the media — we’ve asked the questions, too — it does make you wonder how often Jackson gets asked.
“I can’t even count how many times a day someone asks me, ‘Do you know where you’re going? When are you committing?’ ” Jackson said in preview on the Nike website. “It’s every day.”
So, one last question: How’s he holding up?
“I try to keep away from it,” he said. “It kind of wears me down a lot.”
Jackson figures to be the center of attention again this week at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland. A three-time gold medal winner for USA Basketball at the junior level, Jackson is expected to arrive Friday for Saturday’s ESPN2-televised game against the World Select Team.
The questions extend beyond Jackson himself. He is half of the “First Couple of High School Basketball” with Michigan-bound Kysre Gondrezick. She joined him during a recent Michigan State game he attended.
Gondrezick is a second-team ALL-USA player from Benton Harbor, Mich., who was named Miss Basketball in Michigan and gained national acclaim for her 72-point game in the postseason.
Virtually no matter what she tweets, someone will reply with a question, comment or remark of some sort about Jackson’s recruiting. To her credit, she’s handled it with dignity with tweets such as this one: