It was two years ago that long time basketball coach and former overseas pro Joe Lewandowski dropped us a tip that we needed to check a youngster running with the PK Flash AAU program. He told us about a 6’6 Canadian point forward who had a chance to be the next big thing in Canada and two years later, he was right. Meet Justin Jackson.
Now 6’7 with a 7’4 wingspan, the Toronto native possesses the size of many power forwards his age, but owns the skills of a perimeter player. He grew up idolizing Magic Johnson and there are some parallels, namely his unselfishness and outstanding court vision. Jackson blends in the ability to hit the three with his knack for creatively converting in the paint with either hand, making him one of the more unique talents in the class. Defensively, his size and length allow him to D up both the perimeter and the interior. There’s still room for improvement in terms of Justin’s mid-range game and assertiveness, but the versatility that he offers has made him a top-25 player in the class of 2016.
After spending a considerable amount of time playing with Canada basketball (he was the youngest player in the U-17 World Championships last summer), many high-major colleges have not had the opportunity to get a glimpse of Jackson. He’s still up North playing his high school ball at Eastern Commmerce and will be with YAAACE on the AAU circuit, where analysts and coaches alike will be able to see what the hype is all about this spring.