Mason Jackson said a farwell on Friday to Norwich Free Academy (CT), the program he helped reach a 20-0 regular season for the first time since 2007.
He leaves NFA, where he averaged 20.8 points per game as a junior, to focus on his development as a basketball player, student and his basketball recruitment.
Jackson, who will also reclass to 2022, joins a Canterbury Prep program that won the NEPSAC Class B Championship and won 25 games last season.
“I thought I would have more opportunities to get where I want to get to,” Jackson explained. “It also just gives me another year to mature, get stronger and overall improve my game.”
Jackson, at 6-foot-4, is a wing that has a lot of talent on the offensive end. He can score in a lot of different ways, but fine tuning his skills is something he plans on doing for the next two years before he begins playing basketball at the college level.
“I work on everything,” he said. “But the things I focus on the most are getting my body stronger and keeping my handle sharp.”
There are currently more than a dozen Division I programs following his progress, he said, with Sacred Heart being the only program to offer him a scholarship at this time.
Marshall, Merrimack, Colgate, Cornell, Holy Cross, Virginia Tech, Bryant, Brown, Air Force, Lafayette, Boston and VMI are all showing interest currently.
Jackson averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assist and 2.3 steals during his junior season at NFA. He was also named to the 2020 CHSCA All-State Division I first team.