GG Jackson, an elite prospect in the 2023 class who is in strong consideration as the No. 1 player in the class, has committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels, he tells 247Sports.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward out of Columbia (S.C.) Ridge View committed to the Tar Heels over other options including Auburn, Duke, Georgetown, South Carolina, the G League and UMass.
“I chose them because they showed how I was the No. 1 priority in the class of 2023 and because coach [Hubert] Davis is an African American coach who knows what he is doing,” he told 247Sports as to why he picked North Carolina.
Securing the talents of Jackson is not only a big win but it’s a huge win as a first major test for Davis since he took the reins.
The Tar Heels were heavy favorites when they began their recruitment of Jackson dating back to the summer of 2021 but other schools entered the picture and put up a strong fight including Duke and Frank Martin at South Carolina.
“I knew I wanted to go there for sure when before the Final Four game the coaching staff came down to watch me the play normal pick up basketball,” Jackson said of the moment he knew he would be a Tar Heel.
Relationships have played a vital role in the recruitment of the premier talent and Davis and his staff did an excellent job establishing that connection with Jackson and his family.
“They were always calling and checking up on me and it wasn’t all about basketball and I loved that because with coach Davis, I can joke and laugh but also have serious talk with him and that’s what separated UNC from the rest,” said Jackson.
Jackson currently ranks as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2023 class and makes for Hubert Davis’ second commitment in the 2023 class joining five-star guard Simeon Wilcher.
At the end of the day, Davis and the North Carolina program came out as the last man standing in the ring and if Jackson earns that No. 1 spot, he will be just their second No. 1 overall ranked recruit in the modern recruiting service era.
“I feel like I am a winner and an uplifting person and I believe that me and my teammates who will be there can bring a national title to the program and I’m not trying to brag,” Jackson said as he laughed. “I have a pretty good smile so I feel like I can put Carolina basketball back on top of the world.”
Breakdown of Jackson’s game:
GG Jackson is a 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward who has developed himself into becoming a mismatch nightmare at the four. He possesses good size for the position and has a frame that’ll continue to fill out, further increasing his effectiveness on the inside.
Jackson built a strong foundation with his inside game and consistently expanded his skillset further away from the rim over the past year. Jackson is an outstanding athlete who runs the floor with ease, moves well laterally on the perimeter and is quick and bouncy off his feet. He excels as a rim-runner, shot-blocker, rebounder and defender but he impacts the game in many other ways.
He has great hands and touch, can bruise and score with a variety of moves in the low-post and can now step out and knock down jumpers or attack his man off the bounce. He has impressive ball skills for a post player, he can pass and can make shots off the catch and pull. His versatility on both ends of the floor with his ability to play inside and out will be a valuable weapon for Hubert Davis moving forward.
Few bigs who can battle with Jackson physically have the athleticism to contain him on the perimeter when attacking off the dribble and few people athletic enough have the physicality to contain him on the low-block.
Jackson is still learning the balance of his game on the offensive end as he has fallen in love with the perimeter but he has a lot of potential as a high impact guy on both ends of the floor at North Carolina and beyond.