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BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: East English Village’s Jackson, AA Skyline’s Wilson head to the college ranks

By: Scott Burnstein, March 27, 2014, 8:00 am

A pair of the state’s best boys basketball players found homes at the next level this week.

Detroit East English Village senior swingman Marqywell Jackson and Ann Arbor Skyline senior power forward Tristan Wilson both signed with Division I college programs, with Jackson inking with the University of Texas-El Paso and Wilson following in his father’s footsteps by penning his letter of intent with Eastern Michigan University.

Jackson is a 6-foot-5 wing that can shoot and slash. The two-time All-PSL pick averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game in 2014. He chose the Miners over offers from Iowa State and Rhode Island, among others.

UTEP went 23-11 this winter. This is the second year in a row that head coach Tim Floyd (the former NBA sideline general) and the Miners came into the Motor City and snagged one of its top players. Last year, they grabbed Detroit Consortium’s Vincent Hunter.

Wilson, a 6-foot-8 pogostick in the post and the son of former EMU standout Theron Wilson (Royal Oak Dondero), averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game this season. While leading his Skyline squad on an historic run in the state tournament, Tristan was unstoppable, putting up more than 22 points and 10 boards a night. Taking Skyline into the Class A quarterfinals, dropping his second triple double in as many weeks in the regional finals (26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks), Wilson solidified his recruiting stock and blossomed out of his dad’s shadow.

His father helped lead EMU to a league title and a trip into the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and is the school’s all-time record-holder for blocks. EMU finished 22-15 in 2014 and is looked at as a program on-the-rise under former PSL head coach (Crockett) and Syracuse assistant Rob Murphy.