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As StraightHoops first reported via Twitter on March 31st, 2016, five star SF Josh Jackson is headed to Kansas. He made it official this afternoon, sending the Rock Chalk fan base into a complete frenzy. And the mass hysteria is for good reason. Jackson, a 6'7" wing out of Prolific Prep (CA) via Southfield, Michigan, is a special talent. The McDonald's All American Game co-MVP combines athleticism, speed, and power, with an uncanny ability to do just about everything on a basketball court. Jackson can attack the rim savagely, or step back and drill a 23-footer. He can defend the post, and the perimeter, and possesses instinctive shot blocking skills to go along with his nose for rebounds. He handles the ball like a guard and can just as easily take his man off of the dribble as he can dunk right over him. He facilitates as good as any 6'7" wing we have seen in sometime ... MORE HERE
With the Class of 2015 just about completely wrapped up and headed off to their respective campus of choice, and with 1/3 of the July 2015 evaluation period over as of last Sunday, it is time to move on to the Class of 2016. And, oh my, what a class it is. From elite guards, to top quality bigs. From sharp shooters, to uber-talented wings. The Class of 2016 is loaded. L-O-A-D-E-D. Did I say loaded?
Let’s start with the latest 5-star commitment, SF Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, MO), who committed to Duke following his semi-finals game at Sunday’s Peach Jam. Tatum combines a perfect blend of athleticism, skill and power, making him one of the most sought after recruits in the country. His final list included the Dukies, UNC, Kentucky, and his hometown school, St. Louis. While many thought it was down to the Blue Devils and Billikens, we gave UK more credit than that. However, following Duke’s title run, Coach K and crew paid a home visit to Tatum, National Championship trophy in hand, and it was a done deal since that time ... MORE HERE