Josh Jackson: Winston, Bridges have ‘huge impact’ on decision

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Josh Jackson and Cassius Winston watch MSU play Ohio State at the Breslin Center on March 5.

Josh Jackson knows where he plans to attend college, but everyone else will have to wait to find out the decision from the No. 1 basketball recruit in the nation.

Josh Jackson, the Detroit native who is a senior at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., said his decision could come in the next couple of weeks and that he knows whether it will be Michigan State, Kansas or Arizona

“It’s very nerve-wracking,” Jackson told, “but in my head, I know where I want to go now.”

Jackson, a 6-foot-7 wing, is in Chicago to take part in the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday. Michigan State signees Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford are also playing in the game and spending plenty of time working to recruit Jackson. He is close friends with Bridges and U-D Jesuit guard Cassius Winston, who has also signed with Michigan State.

“It definitely has a huge impact,” Jackson told of his friendship with Bridges and Winston. “I love those guys like they were my brothers and that just helps a lot. This guy right here, Miles … he’s on me every day about committing to Michigan State and going there.”

If Tom Izzo lands Jackson, it would likely vault the 2016 class – 6-9 Nick Ward is the fourth member – to the No. 1 spot in the nation. It is currently ranked No. 3 behind Kentucky and Duke by most services.

And Jackson said Michigan State would fit his style.

“I’ve been watching them for years,” Jackson told “Out of all the years I’ve watched Michigan State play, I’ve witnessed them win and lose, but I’ve never seen them be out-toughed by another team. I think that really fits into how I play, a real tough player that grinds you.”

Jackson said he planned to announce his decision last Thursday but it had to be postponed because he couldn’t get family and close friends together.

“I’m gonna move it to another date but I have not set that date yet,” he told Scout. “Within then next week or so.”

There were plenty of rumors last week that Jackson was on the verge of committing to Kansas, and he had plenty of good things to say about the Jayhawks.

“I took my official visit to Kansas a couple month ago. When I stepped into that gym it was the loudest gym I’ve ever been in, in my entire life,” Jackson told “I was just the whole time thinking, ‘Man, I’d hate to be the opposing team right now, but I would love to be playing for Kansas right now.’ Just one major thing is their fans, their fans are amazing, probably the best fans in college basketball. And the coach, coach (Bill) Self, he’s a great coach. He coaches players really hard, pushes them, makes them better.”