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.