Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  20 responses

Video: Joe Jackson @ adidas Super 64

Shoeless Joe? No, no.

Words by Justin Walsh

“I’m going up there to wreck shop. I want to prove that I belong.”

A 5-star player named Joe Jackson said those words to Rivals this summer before Reebok U. Not a 3-star low-mid-major prospect on the fringe of Division 1 offers from schools such as Centenary College and the like. Not a 4-star with accolades, but enough criticism to have a chip on his shoulder. This is Joe Jackson.

Five stars on the scouting report. State title patch on the Letterman Jacket. Crown of Memphis area hoops on his dome. The rim? Anybody else see a 5-11, 150 pounds when dripping wet PG look that mad at the hoop when he dunks? Or the crossover, you know that one that always seems to end with the defender on his hip and the lane open for the taking… Why doesn’t he seem satisfied? Why is there a look on his face that demands to know why he isn’t good enough for his own standards?

To watch him play is to see a man in complete control. His defender hesitates because he has no idea what Jackson will do on any given possession. Joe takes an extra dribble or two, not because he is selfish with the ball, but because he has so many different options at his fingertips to attack his opponent with, that he sometimes finds himself toying with a defender. Should he hesitation-dribble, then shift his hips and cross to pull into the lane and kick out? Nah, too easy.

How about diving off a screen then pulling into the corner, only to head fake for an open look at the rim? Maybe, but we’ve seen that twice in the past 10 possessions. Alright, he’ll wait for the swingman to cut to the hoop for the easy lay in. Got ‘em, coach.

The buzzer sounds, hustle to the bench, smile for the picture. He’s ranked 12th in the country according to Aggrey’s rankings, but until Joe gets to the top, he’s not stopping for shit. Our new SLAM Diary keeper, Harrison Barnes, has a target on his back. And he wishes this Joe Jackson was shoeless.

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  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    dude’s got hops

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Many people compare him to a shorter John Wall. If that helps GotHandles? opinion of him. My question on him is if he’ll translate those hops to the college game. But he’s very talented.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    Seems to do a good job getting to the hoop. Where’s this kid getting looks from?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Memphis, Kentucky, Duke…everywhere Adam. Dude is getting looks like a Bey photo shoot. Zing.

  • matt

    who in the world compares him to a shorter john wall? I’ve think i’ve ready about every scouting report on him and never seen that said.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Raw. Sashimi. Steak Tatare.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Sports Illustrated cited a Division 1 assistant as their source for comparing him to a shorter John Wall for one.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    I’m not saying he’s a shorter John Wall. Just saying he’s been compared to him. and Zee!, Steak Tatare? Hah

  • http://twitter.com/NotebookNick thesubwayconnection

    Hopefully that slight frame doesn’t hold him back.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Just a quick note: We’re done with the tiny SLAMTV player. Sorry about that, everyone. The looking glasses can be put away now.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    2 for 2 today, Dub.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    appreciate it T. And Ryne, big SLAMTV player now? Finally when it’s in all caps, we can mean it, right? Hah, good move Ryne

  • buddy

    looks very aaron brooks like but with more hops.

  • jeff

    Hes going to Memphis! Hes more of a AI then a shorter John Wall.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    good ish mr. walsh. This dude is legit. play wit it.

  • josh

    his final three is memphis,kansas and tennessee on espn .com

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Dude’s jumper has a gorgeous arc to it.

  • luke

    Who else clicked this story expecting to see Joe Jackson as in Michael’s father….no,just me?Okay.

  • ZORN

    looks like a kansas player

  • big frank

    he’ll stick with his hometown for college. kansas has no chance at him