High School Hype: Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson has been one of the top high school basketball players in his class since eighth grade. His 6-7 height mixed with a deft shooting stroke has caught the eye of some of college basketball's finest programs.
What makes him different is that unlike most highly sought recruits, he can mostly be found at home as Justin is homeschooled.
"On Tuesday's and Thursday's he goes into class and its a group of either retired teachers, parents who have home schooled their own children who want to contribute back to the home schooling community," explained his mother Sharon. "They give the assignments for the week, they have lectures, they take their tests, and then he's responsible for the rest of his school work for the rest of the week. And we look at that as, he's preparing for college."
His classwork is approved through the Homeschool Youth Christian Association North Program and part of his co-op program allows him to take classes at Lone Star College.
Due to his success on the hardwood, he has been able to still enjoy the social aspects of being a teenager. During the summers he travels with the Houston Hoops AAU program, one of the feature teams on the Nike travel circuit. He also had a stint one summer playing with U.S. Basketball. His desire to become of the best recruits in the country started at a young age. According to Rivals Class of 2013 rankings, Justin is the No. 29 junior in the country.
"I think it just came from being younger,” Jackson said of his basketball aspirations. "I wasn't very good when I first started so the only thing I had to do was just work hard and I think ever since then since I've seen the good things come out of working hard."
Jackson has cut his list to six final schools - Texas A&M, Washington, Ohio State, North Carolina and Arizona.
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