Josh Jackson on MSU: 'I love Coach Izzo'

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Detroit native Josh Jackson watches Michigan State take on Ohio State on Saturday at the Breslin Center.

The nation’s top high school basketball prospect Josh Jackson took a few minutes to chat about his visit to Michigan State Saturday evening while driving back to Benton Harbor with his friend Kysre Gondrezick and her mother.

Jackson, who plays at Prolific Prep Academy in California, has narrowed his college choices to Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas. He plans to make his decision by the end of the month, he said.

Jackson arrived Friday and enjoyed his visit, having breakfast and then attending practice and watching a film session with Miles Bridges, whom MSU coach Tom Izzo already has signed for next season.

“I grew up a Michigan State fan,” said Jackson, who starred for Detroit Consortium, contributing 22 points and 13 rebounds in a Class C state title game win two years ago. “I love Coach Izzo and the way he coaches. I love the style of play they play with … fast.

“It was real good seeing them practice and prepare for the game the day before, watching the film session and then seeing how they went out and executed the plan today.”

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So, how did Jackson feel about MSU's Senior Day victory over Ohio State?

“I think they had four seniors,” said Jackson, a 6-foot-7, five-star small forward. “Obviously, Denzel Valentine is a great player, but they made Colby Wollenman feel like a real important part of the team, too. The fans showed him a lot of love. You can see they have such a family-oriented team.”

When Jackson was asked to comment on Kysre Gondrezick’s state-record 72-point performance in a girls district basketball 80-78 double-overtime win over Buchanan Monday, he replied: “I first thought it was a typo. I had to call her up. It makes my confidence level go down.”

So, with Gondrezick signing at Michigan, will Jackson make the decision to play close by at MSU?

“I’m not sure if it will affect my decision but her and I are very, very close,” Jackson said.

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