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Top recruit Josh Jackson to reportedly announce decision Monday night

The wait is almost over. 

Top recruit Josh Jackson will reportedly announce his college decision Monday between UA, Kansas and Michigan State.

Jackson competed at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland last weekend, where the U.S. Junior National Select Team resoundingly defeated the World Select Team 101-67. 

Jackson didn’t play one of his better games. The 6-foot-8 player went 3-for-7 from the field and scored seven points. But he made airwaves afterward when he told reporters in attendance that he would be announcing his college destination. 

“I’m not doing TV or any streaming or anything like that. I’ll just tweet it. But it will definitely be Monday,” Jackson said, according to Jason Jordan of USA Today High School Sports.

Jackson said he has already made the decision, according to Jordan. Jackson did not give an exact time when he would tweet the announcement. Coaches and fans alike will be eagerly scrolling through their Twitter feeds Monday tonight. 

Jackson is considered the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, according to the website 247Sports.com, and his decision could create reverberations across all of college basketball. 

His three final choices are expected to be among the top teams in the nation next year. Whichever school lands Jackson will turn into an instant Final Four favorite. 

Little indication was given as to where Jackson is leaning. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball points in favor of Kansas, with the majority of the site’s analysts predicting Jackson will choose the Jayhawks. 

247Sports’ Crystal Ball isn’t exactly a science. 

Arizona head coach Sean Miller said at a press conference Wednesday he has an “informed opinion” on the upcoming decisions of a few recruits, but wouldn’t elaborate. 

Miller said he expects to add six or seven players, including high schoolers and transfers, to the program. The Wildcats already have commitments from Lauri Markannen, Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins, so that leaves room for at least three more players. 

Whether Arizona lands Jackson, Miller will continue to recruit five-star guard Terrance Ferguson. 

Arizona is the heavy favorite for the Dallas native, but Ferguson recently told reporters he will take a few more visits before making his decision. He was recently offered a scholarship by North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and plans to visit UNC this week, according to Paul Biancardi of ESPN. Ferguson will also visit North Carolina State. 

Ferguson also competed at the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, where he scored 21 points. 

Miller also alluded to adding a transfer or two to the program. One name that garnered attention during the past weeks is that of Tulane forward Dylan Osetkowski. 

Osetkowski, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, averaged just over 11 points per game for the Green Wave this past season. By NCAA transfer rules, he, or any other underclassman transfer, would have to sit out a year before becoming eligible.

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