November 18, 2012 in High School
As one of the top class of 2016 prospects in the country, Detroit Consortium‘s Josh Jackson‘s talents have been a known commodity in recruiting circles for a couple of years now. But in a feature by Tom Markowski of The Detroit News, Jackson’s maturity at a young age is also what catches the attention of others:
Jackson began playing AAU basketball with The Family at age 10 and has been with them since. Jackson credits Speedy Walker and the other coaches for much of his development.
“When I was younger, I wasn’t the best player; I wasn’t even that good,” said Jackson, who received his first scholarship offer from Michigan State. “But (Walker) saw something in me. He wanted me to be a leader. I said, ‘Why me? I’m not that good.’ He just believed in me.”
Consortium coach Al Anderson said he isn’t so much impressed with Jackson’s abilities, but it is his maturity and approach that stand out.
“With all kinds of people telling him how good he is, he doesn’t get carried away with that,” Anderson said. “He’s mature. Being held back a year helped. He wasn’t doing what his mother wanted of him.”
Jackson’s parents held him back in eighth grade because, according to the story, they were not satisfied with his grades and felt he was focusing too much on basketball. Since, Jackson has become an honor roll student.