Ian Jackson explains his decision to choose UNC over another prestigious college basketball program.

North Carolina’s 2024 recruiting class concluded the cycle as a top 10 class, featuring two five-star recruits within a three-man group. The standout of this class is Ian Jackson, a consensus top 10 player nationally.

Jackson committed to UNC in 2023, becoming a crucial addition for Hubert Davis and his coaching staff. However, Jackson revealed on a recent episode of “The Captain Jack Podcast” that he initially leaned towards choosing Kentucky.

“When asked why he chose UNC over Kentucky, Jackson emphasized Hubert Davis,” citing his preference for Davis’s personality and coaching style, as reported by 247Sports. “He’s just like a family guy. He’s a good, genuine guy that you want to be around. Not saying Coach (John) Calipari isn’t. Coach Davis is a good coach.”

This statement underscores the impact of Davis’s emphasis on the “Carolina Family” motto. Securing Jackson’s commitment was significant for Davis and his team, given Jackson’s status as one of the top talents in his class.

As a wing player, Jackson is poised to make an immediate impact at North Carolina, possibly earning a starting role from day one.

Only time will reveal if Jackson’s decision was the right one, but UNC fans are undoubtedly pleased with his choice to join the Tar Heels, a sentiment echoed by Jackson himself.

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