Q&A with Taeshaud Jackson

Taeshaud Jackson Jr is a 6-5 point-forward in the 2021 class. He’s an explosive player that is just outright dominating at times, and we caught up with him to talk a little about his season and recruiting.

RLH: How has the season been going for you at Dakota Ridge HS?

TJ: The season has been eventful this year. My team and I started off slow and rough losing games. However, we’ve banded together to figure things out and have started gaining wins.

RLH: You’re averaging a double-double in points and rebounds while chipping in 4apg. How are you handling teams game planning to stop you?

TJ: I honestly watch a ton of film, to study how my opponents play. The different defensive styles my opponents will present, and then figuring out spots on the floor I can score from. A lot of my assists comes from when a team is collapsing on me and I’m able to find my open teammates. My teammates are doing a great job knocking down the shots.

RLH: You’re a top 5 player in the state in your class. What is your case on why you should be #1? 

TJ: I can vouch for myself saying I work the hardest in my class to be in the number one spot. But I can also say that my peers have more experience than me, playing basketball longer. But I don’t really worry about the rankings, whenever I’m playing or will play one of the top players above me I’ll show them I can play with them or I deserve their spot. 

RLH: If a college coach asked what are the strong parts of your game? What would you say?

TJ: I would tell them that I can play defense. I really take pride in my defense, slowing my opponent down and not allowing them to get easy buckets. I would also mention how I can create scoring chances for my teammates by reading the defense and seeing the floor.

RLH: What are you doing to improve as a basketball player?

TJ: Making sure I get my workout in daily and setting goals for myself to work on everyday. However, since I’m in season, I make sure I get my shots up and make sure my handle is tight. Offseason is really where I enhance my game…developing new moves and figuring out my different abilities. 

RLH: What has been your favorite part of the season thus far?

TJ: My favorite part of the season has been the process and the grind overall. Figuring out different tactics and trying new things in practice that’ll help us win more games.

RLH: Are there any updates on your college recruitment? What schools are contacting you the most?

TJ: Lately I been in touch with Colorado State University, Air Force, and University of Northern Colorado. All three schools have been in contact with me. 

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2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to

Get the preview of Campers attending…