UNC decommit Jackson to play for South Carolina

Elite prospect G.G. Jackson introduced his dedication to South Carolina on Saturday, concurrently confirming that he deliberate to reclassify into the 2022 class and swimsuit up for the Gamecocks this upcoming males’s basketball season.

Jackson’s determination comes 9 days after he decommitted from North Carolina; he now turns into the primary participant within the trendy recruiting period to decommit from the Tar Heels and go elsewhere for school. J.R. Smith dedicated to Carolina in 2003, however he went to the NBA straight out of highschool.

South Carolina had been within the driver’s seat for the 6-foot-9 in-state prospect throughout the winter, earlier than the Gamecocks fired Frank Martin and changed him with Lamont Paris. Paris tried to land Jackson after taking up, however Jackson dedicated to North Carolina in late April. When Jackson selected the Tar Heels, he additionally made it clear he deliberate to remain within the 2023 class and never reclassify.

“We had been taking a look at it at first,” Jackson informed ESPN in April. “However weighing over my choices and looking out on the totally different those who reclassed up, seeing the way it affected them. I really feel like, bodily, I am not there but to play at that school stage, so I needed to remain in my class and simply put together the very best that I can.”

Over the previous month, nevertheless, there had been continued hypothesis about Jackson flipping from North Carolina to South Carolina and taking part in for the Gamecocks throughout the 2022-23 season. With Jackson taking part in his ultimate summer season AAU recreation with the CP3 All-Stars on Friday night time, he determined to substantiate the rumors on Saturday.

A product of Ridge View Excessive College in Columbia, South Carolina, Jackson is ranked No. 6 within the ESPN 100 for 2023. He averaged 12.9 factors and 9.eight rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit final spring and summer season, and he put up 13.1 factors and 10.2 rebounds in 20 video games on the circuit this season. Throughout his junior highschool season, he averaged 22.1 factors and 10.9 rebounds, incomes Gatorade Participant of the 12 months honors in South Carolina. Jackson was additionally named MVP of the distinguished NBPA High 100 Camp final month after averaging 14.zero factors and 9.2 rebounds.

“Jackson has made regular progress over his profession and has lately been taking part in at a reasonably excessive stage. On the NBPA camp he was terrific and hard,” stated ESPN’s nationwide recruiting director, Paul Biancardi. “He brings versatility and potential to South Carolina. His scoring contact contained in the arc, with footwork, has been spectacular. His ending skill in transition and ball-screen protection with switchable foot velocity and size to remain in entrance of the ball can be an asset. When engaged, his rebounding is spectacular.

“For Jackson to make the subsequent leap, he must develop sturdy observe habits and work on his consistency. He additionally wants to enhance his particular person protection and capturing vary whereas nonetheless producing.”

Jackson joins Zachary Davis and Daniel Hankins-Sanford in South Carolina’s 2022 class, though Paris additionally landed 5 transfers within the spring.

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