The Freshman sensation out of Kansas made it official; he will be entering this year’s NBA draft after just one year as a Jayhawk. Of course, this is no surprise to anyone who has been following college basketball over the past few months.
While Josh Jackson was only a freshman on the veteran-filled Kansas roster this past season, he had no trouble making an immediate impact. He started all 35 games for Kansas this year and averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Jacksons game does cannot be defined by the numbers solely, however.
The 6-8 207lb guard out of Detroit, Michigan offers a lot more than putting the ball in the basket; he has the whole package. He can shoot, post up, pass, rebound, and defend. He also has the ideal frame at the guard position in the NBA and will even be oversized at this position at times. Thus, he can play anywhere from the 2 spot to a flex 4 who can make the defense come out to the arc and defend him.
If he were to be compared to a current NBA player, it would most likely be Joe Johnson. Both are big, physical guards who accel in whatever they are asked to do. Whether it be guard the best player on the court, or take a man to the basket and score. They are both very versatile in what they can offer a team and that is what has made Johnson so valuable throughout his career and will make Jackson valuable as an NBA player in the future.
Jackson’s stock has really fluctuated over the past few weeks. Experts have him going anywhere from the Phoenix Suns with the number two pick or the Sacramento Kings with the number ten pick. Regardless, Jackson will be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft which is expected to be one of the best draft classes in recent memory.