5-star recruit Isaiah Jackson chooses Kentucky over Syracuse, Alabama

Jim Boheim reacts to a play against Colgate in the 2019-20 season. (Rich Barnes | USA Today Sports)


Five-star recruit Isaiah Jackson announced on Saturday he will continue his basketball career at Kentucky. Jackson’s final three choices also included Syracuse and Alabama.

Syracuse’s 2020 class will remain a two-player class, featuring forward Woody Newton and guard Kadary Richmond. Both of those players rank in the Top 100 of 247Sports’ composite class rankings, although neither as high as Jackson’s No. 26 national rank. Newton and Richmond both officially signed with SU this week as part of the early signing period.

Last summer on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit, Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Jackson played his junior high school season at SPIRE Academy in Ohio before returning to his home state to play at Waterford Mott (Michigan) High School for his senior season. Jackson played at Rochester Lutheran as a freshman and Detroit Old Redford as a sophomore, both other schools in Michigan.

Jackson, the No. 3 ‘20 power forward nationally, is the sixth member of the 2020 Kentucky class. He joins five-star commits Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston and Devin Askew, along with four-stars Lance Ware and Cam’Ron Fletcher.

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