UMass transfer looking for a family feel

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Before his injury, CJ Jackson looked like a sure-fire freshman talent that was going to make a huge splash at UMass right away.

Then Jackson got hurt, passed on the depth chart, and things haven’t been the same since.

The immediate impact that everyone expected from Washington is going to happen at another school.

“It wasn’t a good fit basketball wise,” Jackson explained. “And, I wanted to be closer to home so my family could see me play.”

Jackson played in 15 games during his freshman season at UMass and started one. He struggled to find minutes on the floor and only played sparringly in games.

In the one game where he did find himself playing significant minutes, Jackson ended with 10 points, three steals and two rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting.

At the next stop, minutes will play a part but the feel of the program will be the most important factor.

“A good relationship with the coach,” he said when asked about the things he’s looking for in a college. “A place where I can impact the program right away and somewhere that feels like family.”

Before he committed to UMass, Jackson had offers from the likes of Cornell, Arkansas-Little Rock, USC Upstate, and Canisius, according to his Verbal Commits profile.