He's arguably the No. 1 high school basketball player in the class of 2016, and Josh Jackson is no stranger to the University of Kentucky.
While he hasn't been on campus for a recruiting visit or had much contact with UK's coaching staff, Jackson already knows plenty about the program.
He learned by watching "a lot" — his words — of the Wildcats' games this past season.
"It was just a great team," Jackson told the Herald-Leader. "I loved the way they came together. It's hard for a group of guys with that much talent to come together and play well together."
It's exactly what Jackson is trying to accomplish right now.
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-8, do-it-all wing from California was one of 12 players named to the Team USA U19 squad that will compete for a FIBA world championship this month in Greece.
The team includes college players like Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and three other high schoolers: Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. UK incoming freshman Isaiah Briscoe also made the team but won't play because of a concussion.
Jackson is often lumped together with Giles and Tatum.
The major recruiting services have rotated the trio over the past couple of years when it's come time to update the class of 2016 rankings and choose a No. 1 overall player.
Right now, 247Sports and Rivals.com put Jackson at the top. Scout.com and ESPN say it's Giles. And Tatum has held the No. 1 spot recently, too.
"Those are two of my best friends," Jackson said of Giles and Tatum. "Love to play with them, love to play against them. They're both great competitors and great players.
"We're totally different, but I think together — that combination is pretty much unstoppable."
247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer was in Colorado this week for the Team USA training camp. He already had Jackson as the No. 1 player in the country going into that event, and he didn't see anything that changed his mind.
"He has all the components you look for in a shooting guard: Long, athletic, can shoot it, pass it, handle it. He just has the whole skill set," Meyer told the Herald-Leader. "He rebounds his position, defends multiple positions.
"Josh is that guy who just figures it out. He's like, 'Harry's the best big guy out here, and I'm getting him the ball.' He just has a great feel for the game, great instincts, and he has everything physically as far as athleticism and length."
Meyer described Jackson as the ultimate competitor and a player who can be placed in just about any situation and yield success.
His strong performance during the tryout stages of Team USA camp came while he was playing out of position. Meyer said those practices indicated that the USA coaching staff is looking to play him at power forward, which he seemed "extremely comfortable" with.
His strength at the next level will obviously be on the perimeter, and there haven't been many quite like him in recent years.
"What Josh can do embodies where the game of basketball is going right now," Meyer said. "The perimeter game is just more valued right now. In the 11 years I've been doing this, I don't think we've had a lot of incredible wings. So that's part of why he stands out.
"And, to me, he embodies that, 'I'm just a basketball player. I love to compete. I love to play. I want to get better.' I feel like he's not worried about all of the periphery stuff."
That periphery includes the obsession that some high school players have with their own recruiting rankings. It also includes some of the more unnecessary parts of the recruiting process itself.
Jackson has managed to largely stay away from the hoopla, and that's been by design.
His mother, Apples Jones, told the Herald-Leader earlier in the week that the family is focused on Jackson's college entrance exams and his continuing development as a player. When he's ready to jump into the recruiting process, there will be plenty of coaches waiting to deliver their pitch.
Jackson said he took the SAT last week, so those scores should be in sometime soon.
In March, he released a list of nine schools: UK, Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCLA. Since then, he's had positive things to say about Auburn and has seen increased interest from UNLV and Maryland.
Jackson said that the list has changed a little, but he didn't get too specific on who might have been added or dropped. He did say that UK was still in the mix, though seven or eight others are, too.
College coaches will get a better idea of where they stand once he starts taking his official visits. But even that won't narrow it down too much. He plans to take all five of them, and he's not taking this decision lightly.
"Picking a college is one of the most important decisions that I'll make in my life," Jackson said. "So I just want to get out and see as many places as I can, and see which one will be right for me. Then ... I'll be ready to sign my letter of intent."