Jermaine Jackson Jr. is an elite student-athlete currently attending Macomb Dakota High School in Metro Detroit. The 5’9 point guard is among the most talented and sought after prospects in the Midwest, and ranked the #39 point guard in the country per Scout. Jermaine will have college coaches lining up this spring/summer to see his unique blend of ballhandling, shooting, court vision, and basketball IQ.
I. HIGH SCHOOL SEASON & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on the State Semi-Finals, can you talk a bit about your High School season both as a team and individually?
JJ: Thanks! I think as a team we worked very hard to get to the Final Four. Our goal as a team was to get to the Breslin and make history together. Our school has never won a regional championship and we accomplished that this year. For me personally, I believe I improved my game leadership wise and by knocking down open shots. This offseason I will improve to get better at all aspects of my game and have a great Summer.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
JJ: I think I am a PG that makes everyone better, that can create shots for myself and score when needed, if you back off I’ll knock down the shot and if you help I’ll find the open guy!
EM: How often do you work on your game?
JJ: Everyday that I can. I go to the gym and make 500 shots a day, and work on ballhandling as well. Off the court I watch film on myself to assess where I can improve
EM: You are very quiet and go about your business on the court in a rather understated fashion, can you speak about your demeanor and approach to the game?
JJ: I’m very humble to the game. I want my teammates to know that I’m the person to look at during the low points of the game, when we’re down 20 or up 20. I’ll get them together and show my leadership the best way I can. I have lots of emotion to the game, but it’s always a good thing to stay positive!
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
JJ: Spanish is my favorite class.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
JJ: I want to major in Sports Management
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
JJ: Auburn, Georgia Tech, SMU, Northwestern, DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Florida A & M, Fairfield, UofD. I have interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Creighton, TCU
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JJ: Winning, development, and getting to the next level.
EM: Do you have a decision timeline?
JJ: Probably toward the end of my senior season.
EM: Can we talk about AAU a bit, you recently made the move to The Family?
JJ: Ever since I joined the team it’s been all love from the players to the staff. I have lots of confidence for myself and everyone has lots of confidence in me and my game.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JJ: On the court, try not to commit turnovers and avoid giving the opposition more shot opportunities. Make every open shot and make it difficult for my opponent to get anything going. Do all the little things to win the game. Off the court, just be a great person to other people. Showing the young man my parents raised me to be.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JJ: Never give up. There’s going to be times during your career where adversity will strike and you may not want to play again. Getting better each day is a goal that every player should have and by doing that you’ll become not only a better player, but a better person!