HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore has announced the signings of Jamee Jackson (North Providence, R.I.) and Dave Johnson (Howell, N.J.) to National Letters of Intent. Jackson and Johnson will join the Bobcats during the 2009-10 academic year. ESPN.com ranks both student-athletes as high major prospects with the "potential to start or significantly contribute as (freshmen) for most top national Division I programs."
Jackson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, N.J., was a member of the top-ranked high school team in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings last season. After spending his first two scholastic seasons at North Providence (R.I.) High School, the Scout.com two-star recruit transferred to St. Anthony's. He immediately helped St. Anthony's to an undefeated 32-0 season as the Friars were deemed 2008 national champions by USA Today.
ESPN.com called Jackson "like a diamond in the rough," and ranked him No. 78 in the country among power forward recruits. Rivals.com named Jackson the 13th-best recruit in New Jersey, the top ranking among New Jersey recruits currently committed to a Northeast Conference school.
"Jamee is an outstanding young man from a great family, who comes to us from one of the elite high school programs in the country, St. Anthony's in Jersey City, N.J.," said Moore. "Under coach Bob Hurley, Jamee will be coached every day at the highest level. He is a versatile forward who runs the floor very well for his size. He scores well and rebounds at both ends. He is also a very good defender and shot blocker with a very bright future here at Quinnipiac."
Johnson, a 5-10 point guard, played for one of the top teams in New England at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass. Ranked the 58th-best point guard recruit in the country by ESPN.com, Johnson averaged 11 points and eight assists in leading St. Marks to the Class C New England Championship during his junior season. ESPN.com called Johnson, "an undersized point guard who makes up for that with great speed, quickness and athleticism."
Scout.com gave Johnson, who came to St. Mark's after two years at Monmouth Academy in his native New Jersey, two stars on its recruiting scale. NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com lauded Johnson for his "ability to create off the dribble and find teammates at virtually any spot on the floor with his fantastic court vision and passing ability." The website acknowledged that Johnson "knows how to balance his individual creativity with his responsibilities to run the team."
"We're very excited to have Dave Johnson and his family join our Quinnipiac basketball family," said Moore. "Dave is an extremely gifted basketball player and a bright young man. He has had a terrific prep career under the tutelage of coach Dave Lubick at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., and Mike Rogers at Monmouth Academy. Dave has outstanding vision, ball-handling ability and quickness, which I feel will help him be an immediate contributor in the backcourt."