5-star Ian Jackson nearing a decision but "still enjoying the process"

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Ian Jackson, the No. 2 overall player in the 2024 On3 Consensus, says a college decision is near.

While he doesn’t have an exact timetable yet, the five-star guard says it’ll be “soon. I will have one soon,” Jackson said with a smile. “I kind of want to get it out of the way. Right now I’m enjoying the process, but soon I’ll make a decision.”

Kentucky, Oregon, and LSU have each hosted Jackson officially. North Carolina will host him for an official on January 6th. He said head coach Hubert Davis is recruiting him personally.

Jackson made it clear that his recruitment is still open and he is still weighing his options before ultimately coming to a decision.

Reclassification option?

Jackson has been discussed as a reclass candidate for quite some time. For now, he’s undecided if he will remain in 2024, or forgo his senior year of high school and make the jump to college a year early.

“It’s still up in the air,” Jackson said of reclassification rumors. “After the season, I’ll see what I want to do. If I feel like I’m ready to go to college, then I’ll see where that goes but it’s still up in the air.”

Jackson also said that the majority of schools recruiting him would take him as a 2023 prospect, but didn’t specify which programs.

G-League?

Jackson also said the G-League Ignite has made contact with him, but have not made an official contract offer.

“I wouldn’t fully turn down anything,” Jackson said of Ignite. “I’m open to all options to get where I gotta go. Right now, my thought process is to go to college but if something does change, I’m open to it.”

Scouting Summary

“Ian Jackson is a high-level athlete,” On3’s Jamie Shaw wrote. “He has long arms, broad shoulders, and explosive athleticism in the paint. Jackson has confidence with the ball in his hands, he is decisive in getting downhill to the rim. He can rise up and finish above the rim, and pull up in the mid-range with an assortment of floaters and pull-ups. Jackson is a capable shooter from three, but he still needs polish with this part of his game. His shot selection can get a little wild at times. He is comfortable on the ball, but would like to see him see the floor better. He has natural athletic tools and the utmost confidence. Jackson can be a high-level defender who gives great effort.”