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 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 Isaiah Jackson of Philip O’Berry.
We were able to see Jackson at our most recent All-American camp, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that showcased a very steady, reliable two-way game from the point guard position, Isaiah Jackson. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect with a balanced approach and the necessary leadership to run an offense. Jackson is a strong defender, consistent playmaker, and useful scorer from all levels. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seamlessly play alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Marshall on Jackson: “Isaiah brings a lot to the table from the guard position. I was most impressed with his willingness to defend the other team’s best player at a moment’s notice. In our stations, he got off to a slow start, but bounced back and played very well after receiving feedback. Isaiah has good shot selection and is able to create off the bounce. His next steps are improving his catch-and-shoot ability and lead from the beginning of practice.” Jackson proved to be an asset during camp and should have a productive upcoming senior season at Philip O’Berry.”
Going into his senior season, Jackson should have no issue asserting himself as a productive piece for the Cardinal. He was quite impressive at camp, especially for his lack of size, and displayed the ability to run the point guard position in a seamless fashion. Jackson offers nice balance between scoring and playmaking, able to lead with his unselfish demeanor while attacking easy opportunities for himself whenever possible. He plays bigger than his size, particularly as a defender and rebounder, and understands how to force opposing ball-handlers into miscues and turnovers. Jackson makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands, especially in transition, and does a nice job of leading by example on either end of the floor. Jackson should be poised for a strong senior campaign.