Jackson-Cartwright Torn Between Two

Parker Jackson-Cartwright

Two programs remain in the mix for 2014 Los Angeles (Calif.) point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who says he isn't ready to make a college decision just yet.

2014 Los Angeles (Calif.) point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright was one of the highly regarded prospects on hand at McKale Center for Arizona's Red/Blue Game on Sunday afternoon. It's safe to say that the elite point guard left Tucson impressed.

"I like Arizona a lot," he tells FOX Sports NEXT. "Going there this weekend just made me feel even more comfortable with the coaches and players. I feel like it would be a good place for me. I'm not going to lie, I think it really would be. Everything is going well; I would probably see myself there, but we'll see."

Despite a successful trip, Jackson-Cartwright wasn't 100% sold just yet.

"It's not that anything is stopping me," he says in regards to his decision not to make a commitment. "I just think I'm still loyal to other schools. I'm waiting for something else, but I don't know what that is. I feel like it's just too early for me; I don't feel like I'm ready to make a decision right now."

The 5-foot-8, 145-pound athlete says his loyalty lies in the Pac-12.

"Other than Arizona, UCLA is probably be the biggest one, and then USC, Washington, and other schools like that," he explains.

The recruit admits that at this point, he's down to two programs.

"Right now, that's definitely what it looks like: UCLA or Arizona," says Jackson-Cartwright. "They've been the two schools really pushing for me to come to their school, so I would say that as of right now it's those two."

At this stage, Jackson-Cartwright is torn between the two Pac-12 programs.

"They're fifteen minutes away from my house," he says of UCLA's pros. "My parents would be able to come to every game. Historically, they are a good program for players and guards like me. I love Ben Howland and what he does as a coach.

"My parents obviously love UCLA because it is so close. They love their program, but they also really like Arizona, especially my mom. My mom loves Coach Miller, which is a big thing for me. When your mom likes the coach, it's obviously a good thing. And she loves the city.

"This is why it's going to be so hard to make a decision between the two."

In the meantime, Jackson-Cartwright plans to concentrate on his upcoming season.

"Recruiting is really important right now since I'm a junior, but it's not my main focus," he states. "Right now I'm getting ready for my season, getting back in shape, and working hard and preparing.

"I told Coach Miller that I wanted to make a decision after my season. I don't know if that will change, but that's what I think I'm going to do right now."


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