Josh Jackson, the 20-year-old Kansas Jayhawks guard, officially declared on Monday for the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft. Before declaring, Jackson recently finished his first season at Kansas as a freshman.
Jackson is a projected top three pick along with Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. The Kansas star averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and three assists per game while leading his team to the Elite 8 and winning 2016-17 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
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One big advantage for the guard/forwards is his size and athleticism. Jackson is 6-foot-8 which is usually the size of a forward but his lengthy physique and tireless play allows him to be utilized at up to three positions. Jackson stands out from many other guards in this upcoming draft class due to his stellar defense. While the 20-year-old may not boast the offensive qualities of the other top-five prospects, his untapped potential on both ends of the floor are undeniable.
The former Jayhawk has since signed with agent B.J. Armstrong. Armstrong had played in the NBA back in the 1990s, enjoying a vastly successful, 11-year career winning three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. As Jackson signed with an agent, he will be unable to return to Kansas for his sophomore year.
Although his quality on the court is unmistakable, Jackson struggled to stay out of trouble off the court and was suspended for Kansas’ opener in the Big 12 tournament against the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU eventually went on to upset the number one-seeded Jayhawks. Jackson was charged with three traffic citations during his freshman year. Those charges were not the only charges off-court, he was also charged with with misdemeanor property damage for vandalizing the car of Kansas Women’s Basketball player McKenzie Calvert.
While Kansas fans will surely miss Jackson, the thought of his availability in the upcoming draft has left the likes of the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns drooling. These three teams have the highest chances for a top three pick.
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) April 3, 2017