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ESPN's Jalen Rose Thinks Kansas' Josh Jackson Should Be The No. 1 Pick In The Draft

Markelle Fultz is considered a heavy favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, but ESPN's Jalen Rose thinks that Kansas' Josh Jackson should be the pick.

Fultz and fellow point guard Lonzo Ball, the projected No. 2 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers, have dominated most discussion around the first few picks of the draft. Josh Jackson is a projected lottery pick, but it doesn't sound like he's really in play to be the top pick.

Rose, however, thinks that Jackson will wind up being the best player in the class. Whether it is the Celtics, or another team trading into the No. 1 spot, he would take Jackson if he was a general manager looking for the best player available.

He discussed Jackson on an episode of his radio show Jalen & Jacoby earlier this week.

"I'm telling you who to watch for. Josh Jackson. He's going to be a player, and I haven't really decided who to compare him to, but he's going to be a lock-down defender who can play multiple positions, he can get his own shot off the dribble, he's an improved jump-shooter, and he has more 'bounce to the ounce' at the hoop. And he has toughness. That's one of the things that I look for that ain't a measurable that's going to be on the stat sheet. And so, if I'm picking No. 1, just in a vacuum, regardless of need, if I'm thinking I'm taking the best player, that's actually who I'd personally take first overall."

Draft Express currently has Jackson, who averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Kansas as a freshman, as the No. 3 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. If Rose is right about him, and the Sixers make that pick, it could be a nice next step in "The Process."