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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Saturday, September 13, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

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Cedric Jackson apparently is a high priority of the East Carolina University basketball staff, and it looks like the feeling is mutual.

"East Carolina has recruited him pretty hard," said Herman Johnson, Jacksonís coach at Burlington (NJ) North Burlington High School. "Their coaches have indicated to us that Cedric is one of their priority recruits. They have offered him a scholarship."

And there is a very good chance Jackson will accept. In fact, he could commit to the Pirates any day now.

"There is a very strong possibility he will give them a verbal (commitment)," Johnson said. "That could happen very soon."

Jackson visited ECU Sept. 5-7 along with his family, and everyone came away impressed.

"It was an official visit," Johnson said. "Cedricís parents and his older brother went with him. Cedric called me from down there and said his whole family really liked the East Carolina campus and everything about the school and the basketball program. They went to the football game, and even though West Virginia won, they all had a good time.

"His mother is from Greensboro and there is a lot of family in North Carolina, so thatís a huge advantage for East Carolina. Cedric is very close to his parents, and they want to see him play. His father has already said he and Cedricís mom will make the six-hour drive (to Greenville) as much as they can to see the basketball games.

"Cedricís dad is in the military, and there is a good chance he will retire in North Carolina."

The Piratesí membership in Conference USA is also viewed as a plus in their courtship of Jackson.

"He really likes that conference," the North Burlington coach said. "Playing Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati and teams like that night after night has him excited. ItĎs a tremendous conference."

To hear Johnson talk, it sounds as if itís just about a one-school race for Jackson.

"He was going to visit Pittsburgh," Johnson said, "but itís not going to happen. He has been involved some with Rutgers. And Seton Hall, Rhode Island and LaSalle are starting to get serious.

"But I just think Cedricís relationship with his parents ó and their connection with the state of North Carolina ó gives East Carolina a very good advantage, and he likes everything about the basketball there: the coaches, players, program and conference."

Jackson, who stands 6-2 1/2 and weighs 185 pounds, is considered a combination guard. But his coach sees him more as a point guard for college.

"He played two guard for us as a sophomore," Johnson said, "and he started last season at two. But he was injured, and when he came back, we moved him exclusively to lead guard."

Jackson, who is ranked No. 194 among the nationís seniors by Prepstars.com, averaged 24.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals as a junior. He led North Burlington to a 16-10 record and advancement to the New Jersey Group II state semifinals. He scored a career-high 42 points.

As a sophomore, he averaged 22 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and four steals as his team finished 15-7 after falling in the first round of the state playoffs.

"If East Carolina is fortunate enough to sign Cedric, their fans will fall in love with him," Johnson predicted. "He is an electric player, very athletic and very exciting.

"He is also a sweetheart off the court. Heís very humble, soft-spoken and mild-mannered, almost shy. But when he steps onto the court, he transforms into a fierce competitor who wants more than anything to win.

"Cedric is an explosive player and a tremendous scorer. He could average around 40 a game, but thatís not his style. He is unselfish and does a great job of getting the ball to his teammates. He doesnít want to dominate; he wants to win."

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