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Men’s hoops gets verbal from JUCO center

Posted Oct 6, 2010 by Adam Adkins

Updated Oct 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

University of South Florida men’s basketball coach Stan Heath has picked up a big commitment for the 2011 class.

Real big.

Andre Jackson, a 6-foot-10, 275-pound center from Lee Junior College in Texas, has given a verbal commitment to the Bulls, according to Lee assistant coach Marcus King.

King described Jackson “as a true five, a low-post presence in every aspect of the word” with good touch around the basket, but a player who also is agile and has the ability to step out and shoot the outside jumper from 15 feet.

“He’s pretty remarkable for a kid his size,” King said.

Jackson, listed at 300 pounds on Lee’s roster last season, has dropped some significant weight off his frame. King said that speaks, in part, to Jackson growing up and becoming more driven.

“We’ve encouraged him and helped him adapt to understand what work ethic it’s going to take for him to get to where he wants to get to,” King said. “Once he’s started doing that, he’s done a complete 180 in everything – not just with his size and basketball ability but with his studying habits and paying attention to his academics.”

Jackson will sign with the Bulls during the early period in November, King said.

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