Josh Jackson, the nation’s top uncommitted basketball recruit, says he plans to announce where he’s heading to college on Monday.
Jackson, an American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball First Team, plays for Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) but wants to tell his family and friends first so he will be in Michigan. He told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday that he likely will then go to Twitter to let the wider world know.
Jackson is down to Michigan State, Kansas and Arizona.
“I know where I’m going,” Jackson said after the Nike Hoop Summit. “I’m not doing TV or any streaming or anything like that. I’ll just tweet it, but it will definitely be Monday.”
USA TODAY Sports checked in with recruiting analysts and college basketball writers to get their predictions on where Jackson will play. Here is what they had to say:
Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports, national college basketball writer
Though Josh Jackson said this weekend he knows where he’ll go, a lot of principal players in his recruitment aren’t sure. So while I wouldn’t be shocked if he announces for Michigan State or Arizona, I lean Kansas, a guess boosted by Wayne Selden’s departure. And if he does announce via Twitter, it’ll be reminiscent of how the Jayhawks coaching staff found it won the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes a few years ago. Prediction: Kansas
Evan Daniels, Scout.com, national recruiting director
If I were going to take a stab at where Josh Jackson is going to play his college basketball, I’d go with Kansas. I should add that I don’t have any concrete information that leads me to believe that’s where he’s definitely going, but Kansas is certainly getting the major buzz heading down the stretch. Truth be told, I don’t know if anyone outside his mom and inner circle knows where he’s going. So while I’ll go with Kansas, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick Arizona or Michigan State either. Prediction: Kansas
Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press, Michigan State beat writer
I should predict Arizona, because that’s the only thing I can’t see Jackson saying when he finally utters his choice. And I’m not very good at predicting these things. I’ve heard compelling reasons in the past few weeks for both Michigan State and Kansas. I believe that at one point he was set, or close to set, on MSU. But I am going with Kansas, the choice that will please his mother. Prediction: KansasReggie Rankin, ESPN.com, recruiting director
Kansas is my pick. I think he likes the small forward careers of Andrew Wiggins and how well Wayne Selden has progressed.” Prediction: Kansas
Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona beat writer
This has been a fascinating recruitment. For a while I wouldn’t have been surprised if he didn’t go anywhere — just worked out, signed shoe/card deals and hired trainers to get him ready for the 2017 draft. Or if he played overseas somewhere. His mom is not wild about the NCAA but Josh says he wants the college experience. I think much as he likes Sean Miller from their shared USA Basketball experience, I’d guess Kansas is the choice. But it’s high-level recruiting, so you never know, and particularly in this case because his mom has kept a pretty tight lid on what’s happening. She’s uniquely involved and knowledgable about the process, having played at UTEP and served in the Navy. Sent him to an academic-minded high school in Napa, of all places. She is a very no-nonsense person who isn’t relying on outside mentors or other coaches here. Prediction: Kansas
Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, Kansas beat writer
It appeared Josh Jackson was prepared to commit to Kansas a few weeks ago before delaying his decision. I think the pick will still be KU this week, with Wayne Selden’s NBA announcement officially clearing the path for a starting spot and 30-plus minutes per game. Prediction: Kansas