Jaren Jackson, Jr., one of the best players in the Class of 2017 and son of former Hoya and NBA player Jaren Jackson, has committed to Michigan State.
Though the Hoyas were listed among the final five schools and Jackson visited campus just two weeks ago, it was widely suspected that Jackson would choose one of the other (and certainly more lame) Big 10 schools on his final list.
Hoyas fans are going to be upset about this decision, and mostly with good reason. After all, if John Thompson III can’t land the son of a Hoya great whose mom also went to Georgetown, what hope do we really have?
However, Jackson’s decision and his recruitment is more nuanced than that, and what it comes down to is relationships. Relationships mostly having nothing to do with the kid himself, and everything to do with his father. It won’t be productive for this site to delve into the past and air the dirty laundry of both parties involved, so my advice to the Hoyas community that might be upset about Junior’s decision today is simple: Don’t Be.
College recruiting is a tough game, and the ultimate decision of where a kid decides to go to school rarely, if ever, comes down to “Hey, I really love this school.” It’s a sad commentary on the state of college hoops that a 17 year old’s decision to attend college is rarely motivated by the same factors as what ultimately drove our choices as alums, but that’s just the simple reality.
At the end of the day, if a kid doesn’t want to come to Georgetown for all the right reasons, then he isn’t someone that I’d want at Georgetown, whether it be to play basketball or to be a student.
Best of luck to Jaren Jackson, Jr., at Michigan State. Tom Izzo is a great coach, despite his losing record against JT3 and the Hoyas.
Onward and Upward, Hoya Saxa.