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GG Jackson Q&A

Updated: Jun 11, 2022

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When Pro Insight last checked in with Gregory “GG” Jackson, he was one of the standouts of the Tarkanian Classic in December 2021 and was highly ranked by the major services. Since 2022 started, and these services released their latest rankings on the high school class of 2023, Jackson has gained further momentum, even garnering the number-one spot in the junior class on Rivals. Already coming close to having a pro body, the forward has fine-tuned his game, combining his athleticism and agility with a skill set that makes him fit with just about any line-up.

At 6’9”, Jackson brings ball skills and playmaking, along with defensive versatility that have many envisioning just how high he can go in the 2024 NBA draft. It is indeed a long way away, however with continued improvement in skill development coupled with his combination of physical and athletic tools, the sky appears to be the limit. In the meantime, he is truly becoming one of the marquee names among his peer group. With his recruitment filled with blue bloods and high majors, he has taken some significant visits recently, with more on the horizon.

In our latest interview with GG Jackson, Pro Insight’s Andrew Slater made the trip to South Carolina to learn more about the elite prospect. In their discussion, Jackson goes further into his process, as he talks about what he has been doing to get to where is today. He also breaks down official visits to Duke, Georgetown and North Carolina, talks about his family background, which characteristics he gets from his parents, his upcoming local visit to South Carolina, his teammates with Team CP3, a timeline for his decision, and more.

For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2023 prospect Gregory “GG” Jackson, from Columbia, South Carolina:

Pro Insight: I wanted to discuss your growth and improvement. People keep mentioning your improvement since the summer. Do you think that’s accurate and how do you account for it?

GG Jackson: It’s definitely accurate. The team that they assembled on the AAU circuit, it was a crazy test experiment. It could have went well, but we fell short, but it definitely shows growth. I was a big man getting a bunch of rebounds and blocking shots. I still had that aspect of the game, but playing with those guys and training with them opened up a different part of my game.

PI: I remember asking Kyrie, when he first started to blow up, if it was a matter of people noticing it or had he really improved…and he thought it was just people noticing. What about your situation?

GJ: I feel like a combination. I feel like I could always do the things that I can do, but now it’s just a matter of me polishing it up. Tightening up some things.

PI: What’s the next stage of your development?

GJ: Becoming a better leader. I feel like I want to take over all the games.

PI: In terms of leadership, do you want to be more vocal?

GJ: Yes, sir. I want to be more vocal, stuff like calling a huddle and stuff like that.

PI: What are you looking to do physically? Obviously, you’ve got a good frame. What do you try to do?

GJ: I want to add on muscle so bad, but the more I try to eat, the more I burn. It keeps adding and then going away. So, I think if I keep going at it, I’ll get in better shape.

PI: What advice do you have for younger kids? How did you get to be like this? What’s your typical day like?

GJ: A typical day, you gotta wake up and stretch, definitely. That’s really important. I try to stretch as soon as I get out of the bed, so when we have those early morning practices, it’s about six. That’s about three days a week. Obviously, you’ve got to eat well. Depending on your schedule, you’ve got to work some kind of weight room time in. It doesn’t have to be basketball, it could be film, working on different combinations of moves. I definitely sit down with myself and not really talk to myself, but I kind of think of different combinations of moves that I could try to do.

PI: Do you watch a lot of college or NBA? Who do you like to watch?

GJ: Player-wise in college, definitely a lot of Paolo (Banchero). He was one of my favorite players coming out of high school. In the NBA, guys like Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum.

PI: I wanted to talk about resiliency, for you. Do you consider yourself resilient and, if so, have an example of a game?

GJ: Yes, sir. During the Bash last year, when we lost to Orlando Christian, that was the worst game I ever played in my life. The next game, I came back out on fire, you know, to get back in the mindset of having a killer mode.

PI: What aspects of your personality do you get from your parents?

GJ: I feel like some of my toughness and attitude on the court, like I can be all smiles and laughing, but I can also turn….

PI: You can be a killer.

GJ: Yeah, I can get serious. I definitely get that from my mom, she’s the tough one.

PI: What about your dad?

GJ: My ability to talk well with the guys.

PI: Your leadership?

GJ: Yes, my leadership.

PI: Where do you see yourself in five years? The NBA?

GJ: Like you said, the NBA, if not, some other high level form of basketball.

PI: Do you think you’d be a starter? I’m sure you have dreams of that.

GJ: I definitely think my skill-set can make an impact in the NBA.

PI: How do you think your work ethic has differentiated you from some of your other peers?

GJ: I definitely feel like guys on the team definitely look up to me and want to get in the position that I am in and, hopefully God-willing, one day they can. Donovan is one of the guys on the team that I used to get early morning practices in and now he’s fielding that slot, he’ll be in the gym at 5:30 five days a week and getting in the work and it’s definitely rubbing off on a lot of us. It goes very deep, it’s just a matter of us coming together and having that mind-set.

PI: Fans are always interested in recruiting. How was the recent Duke visit?

GJ: It was great. The atmosphere, you couldn’t even hear yourself think. Getting to sit behind the bench, getting to see how Coach K coaches, it definitely makes you think about ways you can imagine yourself. I see a lot of similarities between him and Coach Stoneman. They kind of sit the same and they always have the clipboard on their side drawing up different plays.

PI: Was it different than you anticipated?

GJ: I didn’t think it would be that crazy. It was very loud. I didn’t know the fans would know me as well as they did. It was a crazy experience.

PI: What was their message to you?

GJ: They were telling me that they were producing guys like me, in my position and my size, and that there’s no other place like Duke.

PI: Did you talk to Paolo about his experience?

GJ: I didn’t really get a full, full conversation with him, but he definitely gave me some pointers, you know, always stay in the gym. Work on what you do best and still find time to work on your weaknesses.

PI: Anything else with the Duke visit?

GJ: Coach Scheyer, when I first got there, him and all the rest of the coaching staff, they broke down the situation of how the team would be if I was to go there, with the guys who have left and the guys who have stayed. It’s been on my mind since I’ve left and it was like a perfect fit with the guards and bigs.

PI: The prior one was Georgetown.

GJ: Yes, that was definitely an emotional visit. It was the only visit where my mother actually broke down in tears and cried. It was uplifting to see a guy that’s my size, that looked like me and talked like me, that can be in that position and hold that position.

PI: I saw the Georgetown jersey — was that from Malcolm (Wilson)?