We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Jackson Hartzell of Northwest Guilford.
We were able to see Hartzell various times with the Vikings, but also at our NC Phenom 150 Camp, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that made quite a lasting impression with his perimeter shooting, Jackson Hartzell. He’s an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect that embraces his identity as a spot-up threat whenever possible. Hartzell is a scrappy defensive player that consistently fights for rebounds and loose balls. He handles and passes the ball decently well and makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more lethal penetrating threat. Coach Dre on Hartzell: “Jackson is a good shooter! He moved really well without the ball and was able to get open quite often. He sets screens well and just knows how to play the game. I was impressed with his effort and overall approach to the game.” Hartzell maximized his presence throughout camp and will be one to keep an eye on over the coming years at Northwest Guilford.”
Though somewhat slight in frame, Hartzell has the necessary skills to be a major contributor next season for the Vikings. Like his backcourt mate, he’s an absolutely knockdown shooter with great preparation and a quick, balanced release. Hartzell handles the ball well but typically looks to shoot or keep things in motion. He’s a useful passer with a willingness to identity the swing pass whenever available. Hartzell moves exceptionally well without the ball, and only requires a glimmer of space to get off a clean look, which makes him someone the opposition is forced to give attention. He gives great effort defensively and on the glass, but also understands when to leak out in transition. Between Hartzell and the other returning pieces, Northwest Guilford should remain one of the more exciting teams in the Triad.