Iowa basketball has made the final five for another top 2020 recruiting target.
Andre Jackson, a four-star small forward out of Albany, New York, included the Hawkeyes in his final five schools alongside UCLA, Syracuse, UConn and Maryland.
Jackson officially visited Iowa City in October and has held the Hawkeyes in high regard throughout his recruitment. Fran McCaffery, whose reputation is golden in Albany thanks to his success at Siena, gives Iowa solid footing against some big East Coast brands.
"We have a good bond, and (McCaffery) was one of the first people to really hop on me in the recruiting process," Jackson told the Register at the Peach Invitational in late July. "He’s definitely been there the whole way, and he definitely believes in me. He’s a very loyal guy. I know his sons and stuff like that, so I’m real close with him and I definitely appreciate him."
In July, Iowa, Syracuse, UCLA and UConn were the main schools involved with Jackson, a 6-foot-6 super athlete who's a consistent 3-point shot away from being an NBA prospect. Maryland offered soon after the Peach Invitational, though, and has clearly made an impression on the consensus top-70 prospect.
Jackson said in July that he hopes to make a decision near the beginning of his high school basketball season this fall.
The Hawkeyes recently made the final five for another high-level target: Oskaloosa's Xavier Foster. The in-state 7-footer also included Iowa State, Baylor, Providence and Virginia Tech on his list of top-choice schools.
Iowa recently landed its first 2020 recruit, too: Chicago three-star point guard Ahron Ulis, who one Illinois basketball expert calls "a coach's dream."
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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