Tray Jackson is an elite student-athlete currently attending Western High School in Detroit, Michigan. Tray is one of the most highly coveted prospects in the Midwest, currently ranked the #14 player in Michigan for the class of 2018 per Prep Hoops. The 6’7 wing has a versatile game that allows him to be very effective at multiple spots on the court. On offense, Tray has the ball skills to create off the dribble and knock down jumpshots, while being big enough to exploit smaller defenders in the post. Defensively, Jackson’s length is very disruptive on the perimeter, while having the athletic ability to block shots and defend smaller players.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Can you tell us how things went this summer for REACH as a team and for you individually?
TJ: As a team we kind of struggled at the beginning of the summer but we slowly built chemistry and things started getting better. Individually I wouldn’t say it was the best summer for me performance wise, and that’s what I’m working on – being more consistent and learning more about the game and how to dominate every time I’m on the floor.
— NY2LA SPORTS LIVE (@NY2LASPORTSLIVE) July 23, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
TJ: I would consider myself as a versatile scorer who can mix it up with my inside game and the ability to get to the rim with my ballhandling, finishing, and shooting ability. I have a quick first step out of the triple threat or off the dribble.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
TJ: I find time to work on my game every day even if I don’t have a gym to go to. Honestly I feel like there is room for improvement in all phases of my game. To dominate this year I have to get my jumper more consistent, get my dribbling and passing down tighter, my decision-making/IQ improved, get my stamina to where I can play 32 minutes, improve my rebounding, and get stronger.
Tray Jackson (18/Western) has high major potential. 6'7 wing has versatile skillset. Plays 2,3,4 spots on both sides of court @_Trayjacks
— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) October 2, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
TJ: Social Studies is my favorite subject.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
TJ: Automotive Engineering
EM: What are your interests off the court?
TJ: I’m into shoes and cars but I’m more interested in basketball and making sure my family is living good.
EMU offers Detroit Western junior forward Tray Jackson. Long on D, can shoot to 3.
— Steve Bell (@BankHoops) June 20, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
TJ: UofD and Eastern Michigan
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
TJ: Temple, DePaul, Kent State, Akron, Michigan State, Bradley, Southern Illinois, Kansas State
EM: Any dream school growing up?
EM: Any visits lined up in the near future?
TJ: I’m setting up visits to Michigan State, Kansas State, Akron, and DePaul.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
TJ: I’m big on academics, the support system, the history of the school and program, and of course the team they have.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
TJ: Main goal off the court is to be better than I was yesterday. On the court my goal is to prepare myself to dominate this season and really make a name for myself.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
TJ: Find something that you love and that you’re passionate about and put your all into it, you will achieve nothing by being lazy. Nothing will ever be given to you, so if you want something in life rather its the NBA dream or just a salesman work your butt off for it and try to be the best you can be at it. You’d be surprised how far hard work and dedication will get you.
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