Quentin Jackson Jr., a 6-foot-3 point guard, signed Wednesday with the Charlotte 49ers, first-year men’s basketball coach Mark Price announced.
Jackson, a Cary native, is a senior at Cape Fear Christian Academy in eastern North Carolina.
“I am thrilled to add Quentin Jackson to the 49ers family,” Price said. “Quentin is a fantastic basketball player. Adding Quentin to our program is another step in the direction we want to go as a great basketball team.
“Not only his basketball ability but his leadership will be a crucial piece for us as we continue to build the program to where we want it to be. We are very happy to have Quentin on board.”
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Jackson played last season for Carlisle School in Martinsville, Va., where his team was 22-13 and he averaged 14.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He also had offers from Providence, Cincinnati and Rutgers
Jackson is ranked as the seventh-best player and third-best point guard in North Carolina, according to ESPN.com.
Scout.com ranks Jackson as the country’s No. 23-best best shooting guard. Rivals.com considers him a three-star prospect. The Observer ranked him No. 12 overall in North Carolina.
“Quentin is a quality person, on and off the court,” Cape Fear coach Dwight Miller said. “He has a positive demeanor about everything. He is a good student. Charlotte is a getting a big-time player.”
Jackson’s great-grandfather, Wendell Scott, is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His father, Quentin Jackson Sr., was a point guard for coach Jim Valvano at N.C. State from 1985-1988.
“I am really excited to sign with the 49ers,” Jackson said. “Charlotte has everything that I want in a school and a basketball program. I am excited to play for coach Price and the rest of the 49ers coaching staff that will guide and push me to become the best player that I can be.”