UConn Basketball

Ollie Stays Busy, Lands 4-Star 2015 SG Will Jackson

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Jack MitchellContributor IFebruary 4, 2014

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie and his staff received their second verbal commitment from a top-100 2015 player yesterday, landing highly-touted Athens Christian (Ga.) guard Will Jackson, a 4-star player according to Rivals.com.

The news of Jackson's decision was first reported by OntheRadarHoops.com via Twitter.

With his commitment, Jackson–rated the No. 39 player in the country by Rivals.com–becomes the second member of the Huskies' 2015 recruiting class, joining Sagemont (Fla.) point guard Prince Ali, another 4-star player who verbally committed on Nov. 25.

Jackson made a visit to Storrs, Conn. on Oct. 18 and took in "First Night," the annual kick-off event for UConn basketball.

Landing Jackson is considered to be a huge coup for Ollie and company by most in the college basketball community, as the second-year head man has already received commitments from a handful of talented backcourt players, most notably 4-star 2014 guard Daniel Hamilton.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4 combo guard with excellent athletic ability, versatility, length and a high offensive IQ, looks to be an impact player for the Huskies down the road, joining what by all accounts should be a deep and extremely talented guard core.

Barring any one-and-dones or N.C. State transfer Rodney Purvis declaring for the draft after next season, come 2015 UConn's backcourt could be comprised of Purvis, Hamilton, Jackson, Ali and 3-star 2014 commits Sam Cassel Jr. and Rakim Lubin–an exciting prospect for UConn fans.

Having already landed so much backcourt talent, the next thing on the docket for Ollie looks to be chasing down a big man. According to ESPN.com, the Huskies have already offered a pair of 5-star centers in Stephen Zimmerman and Diamond Stone, and landing either player would cap off what looks to be a banner 2015 class.

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