Gregory “GG” Jackson, a Columbia native and Ridge View senior, committed to South Carolina men’s basketball on Saturday after opting out of North Carolina nine days earlier.
At 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Jackson is ranked as the No. 1 power forward and No. 2 overall prospect for the Class of 2023 behind Camden, New Jersey, guard DJ Wagner in the 247Sports Composite.
“I would like to announce that I will be reclassifying to the class of 2022, committing to the University of South Carolina to further my career and education,” Jackson posted on Twitter.
He becomes the biggest addition to the eight players first-year coach Lamont Paris has added to the roster since being hired on March 22 to replace Frank Martin.
Jackson was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 22.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots last season in helping lead Ridge View to the state championship in class 5A.
“My family have stood by me since I was born and have been the greatest support of my life in guiding me in the right direction,” Jackson said on social media on July 14 when he reopened his recruiting. “I have decided to disengage from UNC to explore other options that can help me transition from a teenager to an adult and put me in the best position to achieve my dream goal which is the NBA. “
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Jackson told the Greenville News after a win over Mauldin on Feb. 28, “There are only a few (players) that I feel like they have the opportunity to stay home and be in sort of this guy raising their hometown, or whatever. It’s definitely an honor.”
Other players Paris have brought on board are former Byrnes and The Citadel forward Hayden Brown, Ohio State transfer guard Meechie Johnson, Illinois transfer forward Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk , Murray State transfer guard Chico Carter Jr. and Coastal Carolina transfer guard Ebrima Dibba.
USC signed a pair of freshmen – forward Zachary Davis from Denmark, South Carolina and forward Daniel Hankins-Sanford from Charlotte, North Carolina.