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January 10, 2013 Terrence Payne
On Jan. 4, Suffield Academy 2013 point guard Kendall Jackson received his acceptance letter to Columbia University. And just like that one of the newest point guards on the New England prep seen was off the boards.
"I am glad to say that I am a Lion for the next four years," said Jackson on a phone conversation Thursday afternoon.
Columbia was the frontrunner all along, as the Oakland, Calif. native had other offers from Quinnipiac and Wofford, as Portland, Utah State, and Hofstra all showed interest in the 5-foot-9 floor general.
"The style of play was something that I liked," said Jackson. "I got to know the coaching staff real well over the last year and I'll be able to play my freshman year.
"Also the education and it being in the city helped make my decision."
Jackson is a typical pass-first point guard. With great speed and court vision, Jackson helps get open looks for shooters out on the perimeter. On the season he is averaging 11 points and seven assists.
The Suffield floor general has already had a taste of Ivy League basketball when he went head-to-head with Northfield Mount Hermon 2013 point guard and Dartmouth commit Mike Fleming back on Dec. 20 as part of the BasketBull Hoops Fest.
"I can bring my craftiness, court vision, and defensive pressure to the team," said Jackson, who will be playing in a much improved Ivy League.
Choate Rosemary 2013 forward Jeff Coby joins Jackson in the Columbia incoming class, along with 7-foot center, Connor Voss (Cathedral High/Saint Cloud, MN).
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