UNC basketball commit Ian Jackson named Overtime Elite Player of the Week

Ian Jackson, one of the headliners in the UNC Basketball program's recruiting Class of 2024, was named the Overtime Elite Player of the Week.
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As dominant as the UNC basketball program has been of late, even better could potentially be on the way in 2024. That was proven when one of the headliners of head coach Hubert Davis' 2024 recruiting class, Ian Jackson, was named Player of the Week by his all-star league, Overtime Elite.

This latest honor came on the heels of a solid weekend for the 6-5 shooting guard. On Jan. 12, Jackson led his Jelly Fam team to a two-point win over YNG Dreamerz, a squad that includes South Carolina commit Miles Beard.

Jackson led all scorers with 24 points, and also tallied eight rebounds and four assists. It was enough for Amazon Prime to name him the Player of the Game.

You can watch highlights from Jackson's performance here:

Less than 24 hours later, Jackson helped Jellyfam come back from 17 points down against the Diamond Doves en route to a 92-88 overtime win. He rolled up 30 points to lead all scorers for the second night in a row and also notched three rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot. He gave a postgame interview to These Urban Times.

That weekend was enough to lift Jelly Fam above .500 for the first time all season, at 5-4. The rough start for his team may have been one of the few rough spots for Jackson in what has been a banner senior year up to this point. Last week, he was nominated for the McDonald's All-America team along with his compatriots in the UNC basketball Class of 2024, Drake Powell and James Brown.

Even though the Tar Heels are only bringing in three players next season, Jackson has spent this year proving that quality matters more than quantity. It may only be a preview of what we see next year in Chapel Hill.

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