Detroit native Josh Jackson is in a battle for the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2016 and he’s coming off of another MVP performance at the Under Armour Elite 24. The 6-foot-7 Jackson shooting guard has elite level skill as a scorer, rebounder and defender and has a chance to be an immediate impact at the college level.
Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA are some of the schools currently in the running for Jackson.
Here’s a mixtape of Jackson from the last two Elite 24 games, from NextUp Recruits.
Josh Jackson, Harry Giles stay at top of new Rivals150 Class of 2016 national rankings
Rivals unveiled its new Class of 2016 national rankings in the latest Rivals150 and the top four players are staying the same. Detroit wing Josh Jackson, North Carolina forward Harry Giles, St. Louis wing Jayson Tatum (Duke) and North Carolina point guard Dennis Smith remain the top four players in the class while Texas native De’Angelo Fox moves up to the No. 5 spot.
Jackson and Giles have battled for the No. 1 spot hard the past few months and national analysts seem split on who to put at No. 1. Fox also made a late push to dethrone Smith as the No. 1 point guard. This national Class of 2016 is considered by many to be one of the most talented classes of the last 20 years.
The group has a strong crop of point guards, as noted by Rivals national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi. Of the top 60 players in the 2016 class, seventeen players are point guards, which will really help college basketball when those players enter.
The 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 took place last Saturday at Pier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park with Team Do Be Doo defeating Team EZ Pass, 111-110.
While Nike’s coinciding showcase took elite prospects such as Harry Giles and Duke-commit Jayson Tatum to the Bahamas, the Elite 24 was still a star-studded event with the nation’s top recruit, Josh Jackson, who won the slam dunk contest the night before, sharing MVP honors with Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Billy Preston and Frank Jackson.