Five-star forward/center Isaiah Jackson is set to announce his decision to play for either Syracuse, Kentucky or Alabama this Saturday around 2:30.
Jackson currently sits number 22 in the ESPN 100 for the 2020 class. He would be the highest rated recruit on ESPN to pick Syracuse since 2013’s Tyler Ennis (#20). Although, Chris McCullough (#24) and Malachi Richardson (#23) were also five stars basically with the same rating.
So the million-dollar question: is Syracuse going to get him?
Short answer: No one knows.
Usually at this stage, you can make an educated guess that is likely correct about a recruit. With Jackson, his leanings have been very quiet throughout the entire process. Many have no idea who the favorite is to get the Michigan based power forward.
Syracuse.com reported earlier this week that Kentucky “has positioned itself well,” for Jackson. Whatever that means?
This coming after ESPN’s Jeff Borzello predicted Jackson is going to commit to Kentucky but only with 55% confidence.
So take that for what you want.
Kentucky, once again, feels like a threat. They already have four forwards inside the ESPN top 50 committed in the 2020 class though, including former SU target Terrance Clarke. Just one of those is a power forward like Jackson who is 6-8, 195 pounds.
On the Alabama side of things, first-year head coach Nate Oats (formerly at Buffalo) said this in a press conference this week.
Half-full thinking suggests that last part indicates he maybe has moved on because he doesn’t feel like they are getting Jackson (another 2020 target of Alabama decides on Sunday as well). Or, like everyone else, Oats just genuinely doesn’t know where Jackson is leaning.
Jackson has toured all three schools. All three schools seem to be in the hunt. Yet, not one feels like the favorite.
My gut says Kentucky gets him. It’s Calipari and the few predictions we’ve seen out there lean that way. But, I’ll openly admit that is just my gut. Maybe this one goes Syracuse’s way. Until then, the countdown continues…