He rarely makes the headlines on national recruiting websites, but there aren't many high school basketball players in the country better than Josh Jackson.
Eight games into his junior season, he's making sure everyone remembers that.
The 6-foot-8 shooting guard played his first two years of high school ball in Detroit and quickly established himself as one of the top prospects in the class of 2016.
Over the summer, Jackson and his family moved to California so he could play for Prolific Prep, a basketball academy in its first season of operation. Jackson and his teammates attend classes at local high schools and then meet up afterward to play some hoops.
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In three games over the weekend, Jackson averaged 37.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 5.7 blocked shots. Those numbers are indicative of his all-around game.
"He's a 6-foot-8, athletic, attacking two-guard that can score and that is so unselfish," said Prolific Prep Coach Philippe Doherty. "He really, really sees the floor. He's a really good passer. And he can make plays for people just because he can get anywhere he wants on the floor with a limited number of bounces."
"And he might be one of the three best high school defenders in the country."
ESPN ranks Jackson, who will play two games in Lexington next weekend, as the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2016. Rivals.com and Scout.com both have him as the No. 3 recruit in the class.
The seeds for his move to California were planted last summer.
Doherty, a former assistant coach at the University of San Francisco, and skills development instructor Jeremy Russotti have spent the past few years helping young players prepare for everything from the NBA Draft to their high school seasons.
They spent nine days working with Jackson before last season, and he left quite an impression.
"He was very serious," Doherty recalled. "A lot of kids his age — some who have even been drafted in the lottery — that we've worked with were not as serious or as focused as Josh. And the first thing I noticed after that is that, on the floor, he's highly coachable and his IQ is really high. And he just competes.
"We've worked out really good players that don't like to work hard. Josh works so hard. He's just one of those guys that pushes the envelope on the floor, regardless of who's in front of him."
Russotti and Doherty had been thinking for months about starting a basketball academy for high school players when Jackson's mother brought up the idea following those workouts.
They decided to move forward with the idea, Jackson and his family moved out West, and the result was Prolific Prep.
The team — 8-0 to start the season — has been up and running for only a few months, but Doherty is happy with their initial roster and a schedule that will take them all around the country this season.
The first out-of-state stop is the Joe B. and Denny Bluegrass Showcase, which is Nov. 28-29 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
That event also includes University of Kentucky recruiting targets Caleb Swanigan, Thon Maker, Thomas Bryant and other top players.
Doherty says his team plays a spread pick-and-roll system similar to Florida's and promises "a very fun brand of basketball" next weekend.
"Really good players want to play against really good players," he said. "We just want to play against really good teams from different areas and build our program."
UK will have next Friday and Saturday off, meaning Coach John Calipari might pop up at the showcase to check on some of his top recruits. UK assistant coach Kenny Payne stopped by Jackson's high school earlier this fall.
Coaches from Kansas, Arizona, Michigan State, UCLA and Louisville are among the many others who have visited in recent weeks, but Jackson hasn't revealed much about his own recruitment or where he might be leaning.
"Josh is very private in regards to giving information about where they are (in recruiting)," Doherty said. "He absorbs information and he just kind of keeps it to himself."