Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Matt Painter Looking to Bring in Guard Jackson

James EvensCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2012


Following the departure of Lewis Jackson, it looks like the Boilermakers are interested in another Jackson, Trency Jackson, who claims via Twitter that he will schedule a visit to the school.

Jackson currently plays for junior college Northwest Florida and would have three years left of eligibility if he transferred to Purdue. 

Jackson is a 6'2" guard who has the ability to play point and shoot as well. He is averaging 10.3 points, a little over an assist, a steal and three rebounds per game. 

Although the stats are a bit wishy-washy in JUCO ball, he makes more than one three-pointer per game, which would definitely be an advantage over Lewis Jackson's almost non-existent perimeter game from last season.

Although I've never seen him play, he seems like he is a good defender, averaging over a steal per game, which would work well in Purdue's system.  Matt Painter teams are always going to be good defensively, and as seen with Jacob Lawson this season, if you can't play defense, you won't play. 

Trency might not necessarily start right away at Purdue, but he would be able to see significant minutes with the departure of back-up point guard Kelsey Barlow earlier in the season. 

Jackson would at the very least be a body to fill a scholarship that would likely go unused next season without Barlow. 

It will be interesting to see where Jackson lands, as he is being offered by Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Wichita State and Kansas State, according to Drew Wooden of Rant Sports.

After a great high school career, it's almost strange Jackson didn't get an offer from someone, but guys like this have the opportunity to get into division one with great play in the JuCo ranks.

After looking at his Twitter feed, it is clear that Jackson is considering Purdue but still hasn't made his final decision. It will be interesting to see what happens if chooses Purdue—it looks like a great fit.