The top of the NBA Draft will once again be littered with one-and-done prospects. These kids will be taken as much for what they can be as for what they are now.
One player who looks like an early lottery pick is Michigan State big man Jaren Jackson Jr. Jackson Jr. was overshadowed by teammate Miles Bridges in East Lansing but he will go before the versatile swingman in the NBA Draft later this month.
How soon will Jackson Jr. go? Mock drafts have him as a potential top-three or top-five selection.
Tonight, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Jackson Jr. had a “monster” workout for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have the No. 1 overall pick.
Phoenix is likely to take Arizona center Deandre Ayton at No. 1, but Wojnarowski reports that teams could get serious about trading up into the top four to get Jackson Jr.
Sources: Jaren Jackson Jr., had a monster workout for Suns on Sunday, and continues to be the long-term prospect those outside Top 4 are working to move up and select in draft. Offers to Sacramento, Atlanta and Memphis may become increasingly aggressive between now and June 21.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2018
Jackson Jr.’s stats (10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists) were modest as a freshman, but his skill set is massive.
The son of former NBA swingman Jaren Jackson, he boasts size (6-foot-11) and wingspan with elite athleticism and the ability to shoot from the perimeter.
Jackson Jr. seems like he is built for the modern NBA and it isn’t too surprising that teams covet him early in the draft.