2013 Q&A: Demetrius Jackson Talks Michigan Offer

Dylan Burkhardt

228693_1884232438801_1631075049_1814454_7330578_nMost scouts weren’t very familiar with Demetrius Jackson before this spring but the lead guard impressed national and regional scouts with his attacking style of play and athleticism. Jackson burst onto the scene at the Spiece Run ‘n Slam and played very well at Michigan’s Elite Camp earlier this June.

Jackson didn’t receive an offer on June 15th but knew he was close. Michigan head coach John Beilein extended that scholarship offer this afternoon while Jackson was on campus for an unofficial visit. He found time afterward to discuss the visit, his offer and his future plans.

So Michigan offered you a scholarship today? Yes sir.

That’s your second offer, what was your reaction? I was just really excited and really thankful. I felt like I was blessed.

Tell me about your visit. What did you do? Who did you talk to? We spent the day with all of the assistant coaches and we toured the campus, saw the academic center and we had a little slideshow about the new renovations that are being done at Michigan. Overall it was really great. It was really fun to hang out with the coaches and everything, especially coach Bacari. He’s a real funny guy.

Did anything in particular stand out? The energy. It was just really fun and I kept a smile on my face the entire time.

Did you talk to Coach Beilein as well? Yes sir. We talked about academics, the new renovations, everything. He was with us throughout most of the day so he was really a part of the whole scheme.

Did you have a chance to play with the team at all? Yeah I did. It went really well, Glenn Robinson was also there and it was really fun playing with the players.

How would you fit in the Michigan offense? I know they really emphasize guard play so, me being a point guard it would be a big opportunity to be a successful guard there. They also stress their development and, to me, I just want to develop as a player so that’s a big factor.

What other visits have you taken recently? Tuesday I was at Indiana, last week I was at Michigan State and our team went to the Xavier’s team camp the week before that.

How would you compare your Michigan visits to others that you’ve taken? I’m always happy that colleges want to have me and my family up for the visits and everything, but this Michigan visit it was really something special. It was really nice, I really enjoyed it and my brother and my mom did too.

Do you have any timeframe for making a decision? I just want to go at my own speed. I need to think about all of this because this is the most important decision I’ll make in my life. So I just want to take my time and go at my own speed. This is a decision I don’t want to regret. I don’t really have a timeline, maybe after junior year or so, but right now I just want to keep developing as a player and keep getting better.

Do any schools stand out at this point in the process? I’m wide open right now. I have some really good relationships with certain coaches and that stands out, but right now I’m wide open.

Are you still playing with MBA this July? Yes sir.

What do you want to prove to coaches this July? Just to continue doing what I’m doing and show how hard I’ve been working in the gym – how much effort I’ve been putting into this – just show those things and be a good player, teammate and leader.

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  • Flwolve

    Great read.  Jackson always seems represent himself well in his interviews.  I don’t like his timeline which could be a problem but you never know.  I could see him committing earlier if he truly wants to be a Wolverine and he feels like 1 of the other 2 kids might snag his spot.  JMO, but he’s my number 1 PG target.

  • Rkw

    Hey Dylan have u been able to get a look at open gym? if so hows the newcomers look? wouldnt mind havin DJack in the fold for 2013! seems to be a cool guy with good character.

  • Stevenjc3

    Sooooooooooooo he’s not coming here then if he’s thinking his decision is that long off…eeeeek that sucks

  • Adam

    Yeah id be fine with any of the 3 PGs but I really like Jackson.. He or Morris are my 2 favs but I’d be happy with Walton too

  • gpsimms

    well, i was hoping his being in town would pressure somebody to commit, but it sounds like all 3 of them are gonna make us sweat it out.  good news is any of the three will be great…any chance we strikeout?  that would be bad.

    • Bluebufoon

      Personally, I think all three of the PG’s are playing “Possum”, but sooner than later, one of them is going to realize U-M only has room for one PG in the class of 2013. I can’t believe this plays out for another month but I would have thought one of these fellas would have pulled the trigger by now. Could it be the future isn’t as bright and the re-built facilities aren’t as impressive as Bacari has led me to believe ? Naaah, that can’t be it.

      • Mattski

        Why the sarcasm? As the poster below says, these are 16-year-old kids. 

      • I think you are missing the situation entirely. I think you’d be crazy to advise a kid to commit before the AAU season between his Sophomore and Junior seasons. This is the first real chance to play in front of college coaches and in all but the most unique circumstances I would advise a kid to wait until after July at least. (That’s not to say kids like Hatch and Donnal are wrong, they are just in a different situation I think.)

        • MattM

          totally agree. if my kid was in the same situation I would probably advise them to even wait until the summer before their senior year.

        • MJoeBlue!

          I agree with your statement, however, basketball has such a limited number of scholarships available.  If the kid really wants to go to UM the position might be gone before they are ready to make up there mind.  I know it seems early to decide, but, there is only 1 position open and 3 PG’s that have been offered.

  • The Fan

    Can anyone realize these are 16 yr old kids thats a big jump for them and they want to make the right choice for themselves and there families. go blue

  • section13row15

    Junior year basketball season isn’t that far away.  I think we just got spoiled with two super early commitments on Sophomore offer day.  We’ll end up getting the guy(s) that want to come here and be a part of something special.  I’d rather them take their time and make an informed decision rather than jump into something and then rethink it.  Nik Stauskas did that and still ended up choosing Michigan…