Duke basketball recruiting: 3 dynamite guards attract Blue Devils

Duke basketball coach Jon Scheyer (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
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Potential Duke basketball recruiting target: Ian Jackson

During his recent chat with Alex Karamanos of The Season Ticket, Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) shooting guard Ian Jackson listed the Duke basketball program as one of five to have recently reached out to him. The others he noted are Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Jackson, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound five-star who ranks No. 2 overall on the 247Sports 2024 Composite, has dazzled the past few weeks while starring for the New York Wiz Kids on the Adidas AAU circuit.

In early April, after Jackson helped lead Cardinal Hayes to a state championship, On3 recruiting analyst Jamie Shaw assessed Jackson’s natural gifts and overall skillset:

“Ian Jackson is a high-level athlete. He has long arms, broad shoulders, and explosive athleticism in the paint…He can rise up and finish above the rim, and pull up in the mid-range with an assortment of floaters and pull-ups. Jackson is a capable shooter from three, but he still needs polish with this part of his game. His shot selection can get a little wild at times.”

Shaw then implied Jackson has room to grow on defense:

“He is comfortable on the ball…would like to see him see the floor better. He has natural athletic tools and the utmost confidence. Jackson can be a high-level defender who gives great effort.”

Ian Jackson has reeled in offers from Kansas, UCLA, and UConn in just the past few weeks.

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