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Ian Jackson is earning praise at McDonald’s All-American practices

Ian Jackson is earning praise at McDonald’s All-American practices

North Carolina commit Ian Jackson is a five-star prospect that is expected to make an immediate impact when he arrives on campus later this Summer.

The 2024 recruit is among the top players in the class and is one of two five-star recruits committed to North Carolina. As Jackson gets set for the annual McDonald’s All-American Game this year in Houston, he’s already catching the eyes of analysts during the week of practices.

The latest to praise Jackson was Rivals.com analyst Rob Cassidy who is covering the week down in Houston. Here is what Cassidy had to say about Jackson so far this week:

Nobody on either team has been more consistently effective than Jackson, who shined in Saturday night’s scrimmage before carrying that momentum into Sunday’s practice, where he once again showed himself to be as versatile an offensive threat as there is in this class. The term “three-level scorer” gets overused in modern basketball but Jackson is the true embodiment of the descriptor, as his quick first step and ability to get to the rim is made even more dangerous when he has it working from deep, which he has for the entirety of McDonald’s week. Once seen as a bit of a raw athlete with developing peripheral skill, the future Tar Heel now looks like a polished offensive threat ready to impact ACC games. Jackson currently sits at No. 9 in the Rivals150 but the week he’s had in Houston may well earn him a bump in the final rankings.

Jackson continues to shine after committing to North Carolina in early 2023, as his stock has been on the rise. He’s a top 10 player in the 2024 class and one of two five stars coming in for UNC.

If he continues to play this well, he could make even more of an impact early on for the Tar Heels.

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