UConn men’s basketball kicked-off its 2020 recruiting class with a big pickup as small forward Andre Jackson announced his commitment to the Huskies.
Listed at 6-foot-6, Jackson is a consensus four-star prospect out of Albany, New York. He is rated as the 76th-best player in the class of 2020 by Rivals but the No. 50 player in the class by ESPN. Overall, he’s the fourth ESPN 100 player to commit to Dan Hurley and his staff.
UConn stole Jackson from Syracuse, who had been recruiting him hard for years and hails from the Orange’s backyard. Jackson also had interest from Iowa, Maryland and UCLA.
Jackson is a super-athletic wing whose strength is driving to the rim, but he can put up highlight-reel dunks. However, he still needs to improve his outside shot to keep defenders honest around the perimeter. Jackson told NunesMagician.com that he wanted to play for a team with good shooters that can spread the floor, which will open the defense for him to drive and dish.
Safe to say Hurley is excited about his newest commitment:
Jackson will join a UConn team that is only expected to lose Christian Vital to graduation. On the wing, he’ll compete with Tyler Polley and Sid Wilson for minutes.
Here’s a look at UConn’s updated scholarship grid: