LeBron James had his “decision” announcement a few weeks ago, rising star Donnie Tillman of Detroit Cass Tech, even made has his “decision” announcement yesterday. Now, Detroit Consortium (Mich.) 2016 forward Josh Jackson has his.
In an interview with 1 Nation TV, Jackson announced at the end of the interview that he will no longer attend Detroit Consortium next year and that he will be taking his talents to Justin Siena High School in California.
“I will not be at Consortium,” Jackson said in the interview. “I will be out in California, in Sacramento, at Justin-Siena High. It was a decision made by me and my family during our basketball season at Consortium, so it’s been said.”
Now for those who don’t know, Justin-Siena, is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school in the Lasallian tradition, located in Napa, California. They are known for providing education to a diverse student population and some of their most famous alumni is actor Nicolas Cage, who attended but did not graduate from Justin-Siena and baseball standout, Brett Wallace who went on to play at Arizona State and was the first round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals.
As far as basketball goes, they struggled somewhat last season, ending the season with a 9-17 record according to MaxPreps.com. Nevertheless, if we know anything about Jackson and his mother, we know they don’t take these type decisions lightly, so there is no doubt in my mind that they both feel Justin-Siena is the best place for him. Plus, there is no doubt in my mind that Jackson will shine bright at Justin-Siena, just like he did at Consortium.
If Jackson would have stayed here in Michigan, he would have been heading into his junior season with the Consortium Cougars after helping to lead his team to the Class C state title as a sophomore and the state quarterfinals as a freshman.
According to a interview with MLive.com, Detroit Consortium head coach Tobias Tuomi, has known for some time that Jackson was going to be leaving the program. He just chose to let Jackson or his family to be the ones to break the news.
“I knew there was a really good chance (that Jackson would leave) a while ago,” Tuomi said during an interview with MLive.com. “Late spring, I was informed that it was going to happen. I was aware so I wasn’t shocked (when he announced).”
Still, it is a hard pill to swallow for the young coach.
“Losing your top player stinks,” Tuomi said bluntly. “I think every coach in the state who is losing their best player to graduation or whatever would say it stinks. But I’m losing all five starters, basically. I had five seniors and Josh. That stinks. It’s going to be tough – especially with a kid like Josh. He’s so much fun. Obviously, he’s different from everybody else top player, you know? As much as we’ll miss him on the court, I’m going to miss being around him.”
As for why Jackson decided to leave for California, Tuomi assured that it had nothing to do with Consortium. In fact, Jackson had a great relationship with the program and school, also earning a spot in the National Honor Society while enrolled at the school.
“I just feel like Josh’s family feels like it would be a better opportunity for him elsewhere,” Tuomi said. “Josh and I – Josh’s family and I – have a great relationship. Josh has a great relationship to Consortium. It has nothing to do with Consortium or the basketball program. You see everything with high school basketball now and his family thought it would just be a better opportunity for him out there.”
As much as I hate to see Jackson leave, there is no doubt in my mind that Jackson will continue to do great things during his time Justin-Siena. He reportedly averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds and six assists per game as a sophomore. Rivals had Jackson ranked No. 1 in the nation for the Class of 2016. There have been rumors that Jackson may reclassify to 2015 and according to Rivals.com, he also has offers from Kansas, Florida State, Ohio State and Memphis, among others.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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