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.”
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.”