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August 22, 2013

Chloe Jackson becomes second women's hoop commit

NC State women's basketball coach Wes Moore earned his first two verbal commitments for the class of 2014 in August.

Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley High 6-5 senior center Akela Maize committed Aug. 1, and Upper Marlboro (Md.) Riverdale Baptist 5-9 senior shooting guard Chloe Jackson gave her verbal commitment Wednesday, in what could be a program changing recruiting class for the Wolfpack first-year coach.

Jackson unofficially visited NC State in late June, and then again in August before picking the Wolfpack over Georgia Tech, with offers from Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Boston College and St. John's. She hopes to study sports broadcasting with the hope of working for a sports network one day.

"I just felt like it was home and I could see myself being there for four years," said Jackson, 17. "Basketball-wise, I felt very confident with what they are doing with the program. I thought I could be a good part of that.

"When I came in June, I was about 70 percent sure. When I went the second time, I knew 99.9 percent that this was the school."

NCSU assistant coach Lindsay Edmonds recruited Jackson when she was at her previous job at James Madison. The new job with the Wolfpack led to what turned out to be an easy decision. Jackson had also always dreamed of playing in the ACC.

"Coach Edmonds is just real and I've been talking to her since the 10th grade," said Jackson, whose uncle resides in Charlotte. "She is just a really nice down to earth person. The facilities are also beautiful. Since I was a freshman, I've always wanted to play in the ACC."

Jackson averaged 15.4 points per game her junior year, and sank a team-best 54 three-pointers. Her ability to play under control at a fast pace could lead to some exciting times in Raleigh. She plans to officially visit NC State on Sept. 19-21, and watch the Wolfpack host Clemson in football.

"I want to make the McDonald's All-American Game, so I'm working toward that," Jackson said.

Riverdale Baptist went 29-6 last year and reached the semifinals of the prestigious ESPN National High School Invitational under coach Sam Caldwell. Jackson's sophomore-year squad went 38-2 and won the title in ESPN Rise title in 2012.

"Her nickname is Silky, so NC State is getting a basketball player that is silky smooth in regards to what she has been able to do offensively on the floor," Caldwell said. "Chloe has been almost unguardable on the wing with her speed and quickness. Her ability to move laterally and get to the basket with right or left hand is really awesome."

Caldwell said her quickness helps her create havoc on the ball defensively and she has a knack for getting steals with her quick hands.

Jackson played with the Boo Williams traveling team organization this offseason, and was hit hard by nearly all the colleges in the ACC. The Wolfpack hit the ground running when Moore was hired in April.

"She had a long check list that we provided for our athletes," Caldwell said. "I said at some point, everything is going to sound good. Then you have to decide the look and feel is a place where you can be successful. She got that at NC State."

Jackson is friends or acquaintances with NCSU football senior verbal commitment Deonte Holden of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, and current Wolfpack freshman men's basketball player BeeJay Anya and redshirt freshman cornerback Marchez Coates of the football team, who are both from the DMV.

"I've heard from some of them after picking NC State," Jackson said.

Riverdale Baptist will be a deep team once again, led by Jackson and Florida State-bound point guard Chania Ray in the backcourt. Jackson is expected to be the leader of the team, which will play games in Germany, Phoenix, Ariz., Los Angeles, New York City and Tennessee this season.

Winning the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix is the biggest goal of the season.

"We play pretty much a college schedule with about 37 games," Caldwell said. "I really believe that Chloe should be given serious consideration to be an All-American this year. She plays both ends of the court, and will be hard to deal with."

Jackson looks forward to learning from Moore in the future.

"When I talked to him, we just have normal conversations and I just had a good feeling about him and what he is doing with the program," Jackson said. "I've seen what he has done with other programs where he has coached."


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