One of the top three prospects and a contender for the number one pick in the draft, 6-8 swing man, Josh Jackson of the Kansas Jayhawks has made the decision, as expected, and will enter the 2017 NBA draft. He has already signed with an agent and will not be returning to school.
Jackson was the Big 12 newcomer of the year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and its 13th straight regular-season Big 12 title before losing to Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Jackson signed with former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group.
“After thoroughly consulting with my family,” Jackson said in a statement. “I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.”
“I am very thankful for all of the support I have received from my coaches and teammates at Kansas,” he continued. “And I look forward to starting my career in the NBA.”
He is a gifted athlete, with a solid perimeter jumper (albeit streaky), who has the ability to slash to the basket and finish with Top 10 type highlights.
But, it is his ability to lock down opponents that will give him the ability to make a difference on both ends of the court that could garner him the number one pick.
Although a number of off the court problems will make it difficult for some GM’s to pull the trigger in the top slot.
On the court, he is ahead of the last Jayhawk to go No.1 Andrew Wiggins, because of his ability to change the game on both ends, but it will be interesting to see if the off-the-court problems haunt him heading into the draft.
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