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Jackson joins Goestenkors' class of 2005

Duke women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors has already concluded her recruiting from the high school Class of 2005--before the four players start their senior years of high school.

Goestenkors' latest commitment came last week when Keturah Jackson, a swing forward and guard from Columbia, S.C., decided to become a Blue Devil.

According to Roundball Journal, Jackson is the No. 7 recruit in her class, making her the highest-ranking Duke commit in the 2005 high school class. Jackson averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior for Dreher High School.

The Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year choose Duke over Connecticut and Tennessee, and academic strength was an important factor for Jackson, a strong student with an interest in sports medicine.

In recruiting the class of 2005, Goestenkors had several victories over the perennial powerhouses UConn and Tennessee. Abby Waner, an All-America from Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Carrem Gay, a 6-2 power forward, also chose the Blue Devils over the Huskies.

Alongside her future Duke teammates Waner, Gay and Brittany Mitch, Jackson is currently competing at the USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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