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Illinois basketball signs Charles Jackson

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[NOV. 16, 2004]  CHAMPAIGN -- University of Illinois men's basketball coach Bruce Weber announced on Monday the signing of Charles Jackson to a national letter of intent.

Jackson, a 6-foot-8, 270-pound power forward, is a senior at Tri-County High School in Buena Vista, Ga., under the direction of coach John McFather. Jackson averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior last year, leading Tri-County to the Class AA state playoffs. He showcased his inside presence and earned a reputation as a beast on the boards this past summer at the NBA Players' Association Top 100 Camp.

A talented three-sport athlete, Jackson is also an offensive lineman and tight end in football and throws the shot put and discus in track and field. Before deciding to pursue a college basketball career, he was recruited by a number of football powerhouses as a defensive end and was a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super 11 football team.

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"Charles Jackson has a big body with a terrific rebounding mentality," Weber said. "Now that he has decided to concentrate on basketball, his upside is unbelievable. CJ gives us another physical low-post presence. He's a physical specimen for a high school player. CJ is a tremendous student and a tremendous kid. He's had good success at his high school under John McFather, which is one of the best teams in their class in the state of Georgia. His AAU coach, Seth Berl, is an Illinois alum as well."

Jackson becomes the third player to sign with Illinois during the fall period, joining 6-3 shooting guard Jamar Smith of Peoria Richwoods High School and 6-2 point guard Chester Frazier of Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.

[Illinois State University news release]

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