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Justin Jackson to North Carolina: Tar Heels Land 5-Star SF Recruit

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 4, 2013

Roy Williams is well on his way to topping his 2013 class that already boasts one 5-star prospect and two McDonald's All-Americans.

On Monday afternoon, North Carolina's head coach secured a commitment from Justin Jackson, a 5-star small forward from Spring, Texas (via FOX Sports' Evan Daniels):

Jackson joins point guard Joel Berry to give the Tar Heels two early 5-star commits for the class of 2014. 

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Jackson ranks as the 15th-best recruit in his class—one spot ahead of Berry—and will be the next in a long line of smooth Carolina wings who know how to score in a hurry. 

Most notably, Jackson is a shooter.  

He has a smooth stroke and has shown the ability to heat up from the outside if left alone, but for a player so young, he has a uniquely efficient mid-range game.

At 6'8", Jackson uses his size intelligently to rise up and knock down shots over smaller defenders while also displaying the ability to put the ball on the deck and bury a number of different off-balance shots. 

Throw in athleticism and plenty of toughness, and the ability to finish inside the lane will also be a strong possibility at the collegiate level. 

Jackson, who is just 185 pounds, needs to add a bit of bulk to his lanky frame like plenty of high schoolers, but with another a year and change left before heading to Chapel Hill, there is still plenty of time for improvement in that area. 

Ultimately, Williams and the Tar Heels are getting a special player with tremendous upside. Jackson fits North Carolina's up-tempo style as a ball-handler with size who can score. 

Andrew Wiggins might currently be on the mind of most Tar Heel fans for 2013, but the 2014 class is already looking special, and Jackson is a big part of that optimism.

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