HCYA North plays St. John's in front of Roy Williams
On Tuesday night two of Houston’s top prep ballers went head-to-head at St. John’s High School.
The matchup between Justice Winslow (St. John’s HS/No. 6 in Rivals 2014 Rankings) and Justin Jackson (HCYA North/No. 29 in Rivals 2014 Rankings) drew North Carolina head coach Roy Williams to be in attendance.
Also in attendance were Rice head coach Ben Braun, Texas A&M assistant John Reese, Houston assistant Alvin Brooks and NBA veteran John Lucas.
The 6-7 Jackson led his team to a 68-60 win, leading all scorers with 34 points. Winslow finished with 24 points but was on a minute limitation due to a recent MCL sprain.
St. John’s finished the first quarter with a 15-13 lead but that quickly vanished as Winslow was sent to the bench for rest. Jackson’s long-range touch allowed HCYA to get up by 10 going into halftime. That 10-point margin would remain for majority of the game as St. John’s couldn’t muster enough offense to keep up with Jackson or defense to contain his long range shot.
Jackson finished the night with four 3-pointers. St. John’s would make the game closer in the end by using a full-court press but HCYA held on for the 6-point win. The win avenges an overtime loss to St. John’s earlier this season for HCYA.
Jackson has been a target of UNC since his freshman year. He also has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Ohio State, Georgetown and Maryland and others. Winslow holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, UCLA and others. Both players play basketball during the travel season with the Houston Hoops AAU program.