Robbie Jackson was ready for those questions and the intense gazes that his game would surely invite this summer. After all, when you are listed in the program at 7’0”, you know your basketball skills are always going to get very close scrutiny.
Jackson also wanted to continue building upon the momentum that he started during his Junior season at Aberdeen (MD), in which he averaged 18 points, 17 rebounds and 9 blocks per game.
“I was really looking forward to playing this summer and I did start out kind of slow in July,” Jackson told TechSideline.com. “I wish I could have changed that some. I didn’t run the floor in the beginning as well as I wanted to, but at the end I feel like I ran the floor, rebounded the ball and blocked shots. That is what colleges wanted to see from me.”
That they did, and the fact that Jackson is a legitimate seven footer who checks in at a robust 265 pounds, invited very deliberate looks from a number of schools wanting to fill their post needs.
“Right now, I would say the schools that are recruiting me the most are George Mason, VMI, Towson, East Carolina, Richmond, South Florida, South Carolina St. and Virginia Tech,” Jackson stated. “I have offers from George Mason, VMI, Towson and East Carolina. I am pretty much wide open right now and I am not sure when I will sign. I will probably start scheduling visits with schools after September 9, after they come to my school and I can talk with my parents.”
The Hokies have not been at the forefront of Jackson’s recruitment yet, but he is very interested in what they have to offer, should they decide to pursue him more vigorously.
“I am definitely interested in them (Virginia Tech), and they came to my school at the end of the school year and visited with me,” said Jackson. “They send me letters and I love that they are in the ACC.”
The Hokies do need size inside, and getting it appears to be one of the priorities in this upcoming recruiting class. Whether Jackson is the answer remains to be seen, but he does feel his progress has been steady this year, although there is still work and improvement to be done.
“I think the strengths of my game right now are that I don’t allow second shots (on offense), I rebound, can block some shots and I have strength inside,” continued Jackson. “What I have to improve on is being...
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