The Charlotte 49ers picked up their first recruit from the 2016 class and he’s a good one.
Quentin Jackson Jr., rated a three-star point guard prospect by Rivals.com, announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he has verbally committed to Charlotte.
Jackson (6-foot-3), who plays at Carlisle School in Martinsville, Va., is from Cary.
Jackson, the son of former N.C. State guard Quentin Jackson, also had offers from Providence, Cincinnati and Rutgers.
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“It was definitely tough to turn opportunities down in bigger conferences,” Jackson told the Martinsville Bulletin. “Your friends recommend places because they’re big schools, but you have to think about your future. Charlotte is definitely the best option for me and my future.”
Jackson said he looks forward to playing for 49ers coach Mark Price, a former NBA All-Star point guard and All-ACC player at Georgia Tech.
“Coach Price and everything he has done in the (NBA) and at Georgia Tech is exciting,” Jackson said. “He spent a long time in the NBA and with the connections he has at the next level, I felt like it was the best situation for me.”
Jackson averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists last season. He is the great grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott.