Demetrius Jackson chose to sign with Notre Dame on Thursday, in a move that strengthens the Fighting Irish's 2013 recruiting class in a major way. According to a report from Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette, Jackson told coaches at Illinois that he would be attending school at Notre Dame early on Thursday:
Jackson is currently a senior point guard at Marian High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. According to Rivals.com, he had received offers from several division schools, and made visits to Notre Dame and Illinois.
Let's look at what skills Jackson will bring to Notre Dame, and what Fighting Irish fans can expect of him as a freshman.
What Jackson Brings to the Team
Jackson is a fantastic point guard who can not only run the offense efficiently, he can be a primary scorer as well.
He is a polished offensive player with his ability to knock down outside shots, and take the ball to the basket with his impressive quickness.
His ability to create his own shot also makes him a dangerous offensive player. His perimeter defense isn't bad, but it must improve if he wants to be a starter as a freshman.
At 6'1", 185 pounds, Jackson doesn't have tremendous size, but he's still has enough strength to help make the transition from high school to Big East basketball a smooth one.
The Fighting Irish had trouble scoring last year, so Jackson's offense will be a real boost to their back court. The team finished the 2011-12 season with a 66.5 points per game average, which ranked 203rd in the country.
Jackson has the talent to become one of the best Notre Dame point guards in quite some time, and will be an offensive threat as soon as he steps on the court.
Even though Jackson doesn't play forward, someone will be needed to help replace Tim Abromaitis' scoring from last season.
Odds are good that Jackson will start at Notre Dame this season, although that hasn't been confirmed by head coach Mike Brey. Either way, expect Jackson to have a big impact for the Irish next season.