UNC Basketball: Jackson makes first cut at USA Basketball Team Tryouts

Dec 8, 2022; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cardinal Hayes Cardinals guard Ian Jackson (11) against the Duncanville High School Panthers during the HoopHall West basketball tournament at Chaparral High School. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2022; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cardinal Hayes Cardinals guard Ian Jackson (11) against the Duncanville High School Panthers during the HoopHall West basketball tournament at Chaparral High School. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The UNC basketball commit is one of just six high school players to make the initial cut at the USA Basketball U-19 Team Tryouts. 

Two UNC basketball commits were invited to participate in the USA Basketball U-19 Team Tryouts in Colorado Springs, and one is advancing to the next round of the process.

Out of 35 participants, 18 survived the first cut, as Five-star Ian Jackson is among the players remaining. He’ll look to continue building momentum toward securing a spot on the 12-man roster, which is scheduled to compete in the 2023 FIBA U19 Men’s World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary this summer.

Unfortunately, Jackson’s future UNC basketball teammate, Drake Powell, did not make the cut. However, it’s important to note that Jackson was just one of six high school prospects to make it through the initial round of cuts, which shows just how talented the group of players that participated are.

The hope is that Jackson will be able to secure a spot on the roster, as the experience of competing in the World Cup would be very beneficial for the future Tar Heel in what will be his last summer before he officially makes his way to Chapel Hill.

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