Top-Ranked Forward G.G. Jackson Decommits from Carolina

(Photo: Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina)

GG Jacksonthe country’s top-ranked senior according to 247Sports, announced on Thursday evening that he has decommitted from North Carolina.

“Thank you to coach Hubert Davis and the UNC Basketball staff for recruiting me and giving me a chance to play for your university,” Jackson said in a statement. “My family has stuck by my side since I was born and have been the biggest supporters in my life by guiding me in the right direction. I have decided to decommit from UNC to explore other options that can help me grow from a teenage boy to an adult and to put me in the best position to reach my dream goal which is the NBA.”

The decision comes as rumors swirl that Jackson will reclassify into 2022 and enroll at South Carolina in August. A reclass would allow Jackson, whose birthday is in December, to enter June’s NBA Draft.

Jackson originally chose the Tar Heels over finalists Auburn, Duke, Georgetown, and South Carolina, as well as interest from the NBA’s G-League during a ceremony at Columbia (SC) Ridge View High School in late April. He also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Ole Miss, Oregon, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

“I chose them because they showed how I was the No. 1 priority in the class of 2023 and because coach [Hubert] Davis is an African American coach who knows what he is doing, “Jackson said at the time of his UNC commitment.”They were always calling and checking up on me and it wasn’t all about basketball and I loved that because with coach Davis, I can joke and laugh but also have serious talk with him and that’s what separated UNC from the rest.”

During his junior season, Jackson brought home accolade after accolade. Hey averaged 22.1 points and 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.2 assists, and 1.0 steals per game, leading Ridge View to its first Class 5A state title, and was named the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year.

When Jackson committed in April, North Carolina had no scholarships available for the 2022-23 season. However, a few days later former guard Kerwin Walton entered the transfer portal, giving the Tar Heels one-available slot. Sources confirmed to Inside Carolina that the UNC staff would’ve accepted a reclass from Jackson, but was told his preference was to stay in 2023, pick a national prep school or return to Ridge View, and enroll in Chapel Hill in June 2023.

With that information, the UNC staff focused on two transfers to potentially fill its roster – former Baylor forward Matthew Mayer and Northwestern transfer Pete Nance. On June 20, UNC officially announced Nance’s addition to the basketball program.

Jackson is UNC’s first public decommitment – excluding JR Smith who entered the 2004 NBA Draft straight out of high school – in the modern recruiting era.

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