On August 6, Coach Fisher and the San Diego State basketball program made a scholarship offer to 2016 small forward prospect Vance Jackson. The only small forwards projected to be on SDSU's 2016 roster are Dakarai Allen and Malik Pope, so a 2016 small forward is definitely a high-priority target for Fisher and his staff.
With his height (6'8"), Jackson would already match up well with college small forwards. However, according to an article in the Press-Telegram, Jackson's doctors say he's still growing, projecting his final height to be anywhere from 6'10" to 7 feet. A small forward with his skill set and a height around 7 feet reminds me of this year's NBA MVP: Kevin Durant. And boy, signing another Kevin Durant sure wouldn't be a bad thing.
Jackson (6'8", 220 pounds) lives in Bellflower, California, where he attends high school at St. John Bosco High School. As a sophomore last season, Jackson averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and helped lead his team to rank 21st in the country, according to MaxPreps, and to win the CIF Division II State Championship.
Jackson's high school play plus his impressive performances with his AAU club team, Belmont Shore, have earned him eight offers in addition to SDSU's: from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UConn, Oregon, UNLV, USC, Utah and Washington. So far, Jackson has taken unofficial visits to UCLA, UConn and USC, according to 247sports.com.
Scouts across the country also like what they see in Jackson. ESPN.com gives Jackson four stars and ranks him 40th among all 2016 prospects. Rivals.com gives him four stars, as well, and also ranks him 40th. 247sports.com gives Jackson four stars, but ranks him slightly lower, slating him 43rd out of all 2016 prospects.
Here's what Jackson's ESPN scouting report says about him (ESPN insider).
Jackson has that prototypical wing type frame with long arms and overall good length. He excels both in transition as well as the half court set. He has solid ball skills, especially while attacking in the open court. His jump shot is smooth and his overall touch is quite good. He can advance the ball in transition or slash his way to the rim as well.
Jackson needs strength, but that should come with maturity. In addition, he needs to do a better job of finishing through contact. With added strength, especially in his lower body, his jump shot should become more consistent.
Jackson is one of the more impressive prospects in his class due to his frame and advanced skill set."
And here's a look at some of Jackson's highlights from St. John Bosco's game against Whitney Young High School. He's No. 10.