2014 point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright has seen his stock rise over his sophomore year, and is drawing the attention of major college programs. PGU caught up with PJC to talk about his game and his recruitment.
PGU: What's next for your team? State Quarters?
PJC: Yeah, on Tuesday. It's a big game, we're all ready for it and focused though, so we'll give it our best.
PGU: What's the biggest strength to your game?
PJC: I'd say getting everybody involved. I just try to help the team score in different ways.
PGU: What have you improved on most this year?
PJC: I think I've become more vocal. My coach always tell me that as a point guard you can't be quiet, you're like a quarterback, you have to communicate with people and get them in position, so I think I've done a good job of becoming more vocal.
PGU: How would you describe yourself as a player?
PJC: I'm a pass first point guard, I have people come up to me all the time and say I'm too unselfish. I'd rather see my teammates enjoy scoring the ball than score it myself.
PGU: What are you averaging this year?
PJC: I don't really pay attention to my stats, but I'm around 15 points and 6 assists and a couple rebounds.
PGU: Recruiting wise, who's coming at you the hardest?
PJC: Definitely UCLA. They've been there since day one and they are always checking up on me. All the schools that have offered me check up on me though, but UCLA's really been there.
PGU: Who else would you say has been after you hard?
PJC: USC, so the two hometown schools. Arizona St has also been there, they're coming on more now.
PGU: Arizona just offered you right?
PJC: Yeah, I talk to their assistant coach, coach Pasternack. Arizona offered me yesterday.
PGU: Have you talked to coach Miller much?
PJC: No, but actually one of the players on my team's dad played for Arizona, Harvey Mason. His son is Trey Mason, he's a lights out shooter. So Sean Miller talks to him about me sometimes.
PGU: What do you like about Arizona?
PJC: I like their history and all the great point guards they've put out over the years. Every year they have great guards and I'd love to be a part of that. They have a great team and a great coach, and they're always capable of making a run.
PGU: What do you like about UCLA?
PJC: They have a great history too, and their coaching staff is really good. They've been to a lot of Final Fours too, so they're a great program and they're local too. They've been down a few years but they still attract really good players. They have a lot going for them, sometimes it's overwhelming.
PGU: When do you think you're going to make a decision?
PJC: I'm thinking sometime towards the end of my Junior year, I don't want to wait too late though but it's all about timing, so if I have to wait longer I will.
PGU: What do you like to do off the court?
PJC: Just lay around, spend time with my friends and family, watch TV, things like that. I love to watch basketball, when Im not playing or working on my game, Im usually watching basketball so I can take as much in as I can. I'm not big on partying or going out.
PGU: Who's on your iPod right now?
PJC: A lot of Jay-Z, a lot of J Cole, a lot of Drake.