GOT NEXT: Justin Jackson Has Arrived
Published by Jason Gairey on January 15, 2010
As I walked into the gym and took my focus to the court, there he stood all 6’4 off him. Could it be the next Jamaal Magloire? Another addition in the growing line of talent coming out of the Toronto Area? I stepped closer, zoomed in, and my eyes couldn’t believe what I just saw. The lanky forward, grabs the board, looks for an outlet, nothing there, puts the ball on the floor, goes coast to coast, crossover, and through the legs…sweet no-look pass! Without a doubt I’m convinced 12 year old Justin Jackson has arrived.
As you look amongst the players on the floor, this mammoth of a boy towers over the competition. It’s his savvy court play that had me and the crowd mesmerized. Although still only 12, he has a long way to go in regard to his potential. You can already see that he loves the game. With incredible length and size 13 feet, the sky seems to be the limit with his growth. The thing that impresses me most is how quick his IQ for the game has developed. Justin has the ability to handle the ball in the open court; heck he can play positions 1 to 5 at this age level right now. He sees the floor and is not shy to completely take over a game, whether banging in the post or moving along the perimeter to take open jumpers. His touch in and out is very smooth, and defensively he times himself well for rebounds and block shots.
Arguably one of the best 12 year olds in North America, after leading his OBA team, YAAACE (one of the best youth programs on and off the floor this city has to offer) to Provincial Gold, he was invited to the Hoop Group Junior Elite Camp in the U.S over the Summer and was deemed the #1 prospect for the Grade 7 class. With an impressive performance at that camp, J-Stunna (as they call him), has continued to improve and this potential is growing as much as the kid himself! Coaches Jordan MacFarlene and Wadley, continue to have him working on both post and perimeter play to eventually increase his versatility. Mr. Jackson’s goal is to be the best player he can be and to make the players around him even better. He definitely got next.