The USF Basketball team landed its first commitment of 2011, when 6-foot-10, 295-pound center Lee College Center (TX), Andre Jackson, committed to Coach Stan Heath on Tuesday night.
"It was the right situation," Lee Coach Marcus King told Scout.com. "Being a junior college player he wanted to go to a similar situation with the coaching staff, personalities and support group. "He wanted to go to a similar dynamic where people will push him and open their arms," King added.
Jackson, a 6-foot-10, 295-pound center that plays for Lee College in Baytown Texas, took an official visit to Tampa to check out the Bull two weeks ago, and came away impressed.
“It was a good weekend down in Tampa. I really enjoyed myself throughout the weekend,” said Jackson. “I think it was a real good environment, good instructors, coaches and a good squad of players.”
The 6’10 Jackson plays center for Lee, averaging 9.6 points a game and 8 rebounds as a freshman and that’s what the Bulls are recruiting him for.
“They want me to come in and be the five, the center,” said Jackson. “I think I can come in and do very well there.”
Since his freshman season at Lee, Jackson said he’s lost a lot of body weight and has worked hard to get better conditioned, but still has more he wants to work on.
“My best assets I believe is when I get in the post, I can use my body and my size to my advantage,” said Jackson. “I lost a lot of weight and I still have more to go. I want to keep working on my conditioning, my shot, and improve in my all around game.”
Jackson played his prep days at L.G. Pinkston High School in Texas, averaging 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in 2007, helping lead Pinkston to the State playoffs the last two years. He was the seventh-ranked center in the state of Texas and was named one of its Top 100 players, earning First Team All-District honors his last two years, and also lettered in football. Jackson committed to Southern Mississippi over North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M and Wichita State in 2007, before transferring to Lee College.
Jackson will have two years of eligibility to play once he arrives at USF
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