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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Monday, September 15, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

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Whirlwind week of visits for big man 'Woo'...
Point guard McNeil brushes off late suitors...
NYC guard will get early chance to shine...
Versatile Robinson picks East Carolina...
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Cook poised to shore up ECU backcourt...
Son of a coach gets it done with hard work...
Help in the post on ECU recruiting agenda...
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"Old School" guard has ECU in sights...
East Carolina on the hunt for guards...
Gridiron prospect a rebounding machine...
Pinnock back in Pirates' recruiting mix...
Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
Driesell still thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt slashers...
Prospects Cook, King put off decisions...
'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
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As expected, Cedric Jackson committed to East Carolina with plans to sign a basketball letter of intent in November. The New Jersey guard announced his decision over the weekend, one week after taking an official visit to Greenville.

The 6-2 1/2 Jackson, a prolific scorer who is also a creative playmaker, averaged 24.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals as a junior. He sank 83 percent of his free throws and led North Burlington High to a 16-10 record, with the team reaching the New Jersey Group II state semifinals.

"Everything about East Carolina was right for Cedric," North Burlington coach Herman Johnson said. "He has relatives living in North Carolina, and his mother is from Greensboro. Itís a six-hour drive from here to the campus, and his dad is already talking about making that drive on weekends to see Cedric play.

"He loved his visit down there, and so did his family. His parents and older brother went with him, and they all liked everything about East Carolina. Cedric really liked the coaches and players, and he is very excited about playing in Conference USA."

There was really no second choice for Jackson. Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Seton Hall and Rutgers are among schools that were involved, but ECU was the only school being talked about by him and his family this past week.

"East Carolina is getting a great player and a great kid," Johnson said. "The schoolís fans are going to love him. Heís electric."

Jackson played mostly two guard as a sophomore when he averaged 22 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and four steals as North Burlington went 5-5 in the Liberty Division of the tough Burlington County Scholastic League and 15-7 with a trip to the state playoffs.

"In the 10 years prior to Cedricís arrival here, North Burlington had a 29-160 record in basketball," Johnson said, "and was 0-50 in the conference the past five years.

"He started out at two guard last year, but after his injury, we moved him exclusively to the point. From then on, he increased his scoring average without taking more shots."

Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain that kept him out of nine games (North Brunswick was 2-7 without him). Following his return, the team finished 5-1 in regular season and made the playoffs.

In the opening round, North Brunswick trailed by 15 points in the second quarter at Pleasantville before Jackson emerged from the locker room wearing a red cape.

"Cedric had one of the most electrifying quarters ever in the New Jersey state playoffs," Johnson said. "He scored 23 points in the quarter and ended with (a career-high) 42. He put his team on his back and carried it to (a 73-71) victory. It was a tremendous performance.

"And he put the finishing touch on it by blocking what could have been a game-winning three-pointer with three seconds left in the game."

Jackson posted a triple-double, with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, in a must win over Cinnaminson that helped propel North Brunswick into the postseason.

At the Prime-Time Shootout in late February, with LeBron James the eventís headline act, Jackson stole the spotlight by exploding for 36 points to go with 14 boards, eight assists and six steals in North Brunswickís overtime upset of Group IV power Trenton.

"Cedric is the most unselfish player you are going to find," Johnson said. "Sure, he scores a lot of points, but he is always looking to get the ball to someone with a better shot than he has. When he has to, he can take over games, but he loves to get everyone involved.

"Heís a superstar who has played with average kids, and he is able to elevate the people around him. He penetrates, sets up teammates and delivers the ball. He gets his points despite being the focal point of every teamís defense.

"For college," Johnson said, "I think Cedric is a point guard. We believe thatís his true position. He is a tremendous ball handler, penetrator and disher. He slashes, gets to the basket and creates opportunities for others.

"He is muscular at 185 pounds, lean and athletically gifted. His vertical leap is over 40 inches, and youíll want to check him for wings. He is an explosive leaper, and we often throw alley-oop passes to him ... thatís alley-oops to our point guard.

"I coached three years with Bob Hurley at St. Anthonyís and I spent three years at Elizabeth St. Patís," Johnson said. "I have been around a lot of great players the last seven or eight years, and Cedric is right there with them.

"Heís a great competitor and a great talent. East Carolina is getting a real treasure."

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