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2 - Jaren Jackson Jr.

Michigan St. 

  • Birthday: 9/15/99
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 235
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
  • High School: La Lumiere
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NBA Comparison: Jermaine O'Neal

Strengths: Very gifted athletically ... Untapped potential ... Impressive quickness/mobility/agility ... His physical profile stands out as he’s listed at 6'11 and 235 lbs ... His wingspan measured at 7'5 ¼” at this year’s NBA Combine (third longest player in the draft) ... Standing reach is measured at 9'2, giving him tremendous size ... Fluid and coordinated as a runner...Has nice (huge) hands: measured at 10 inches in length ... His offensive game is extremely versatile ... He’s capable of facing up or playing with his back to the basket ... Has shown the capability of hitting from mid-range ... He flashed some offensive ball skills and control that could foreshadow his ability as an offensive talent ... Great ball-handling skills for his size (he’s a near 7-footer who can effortlessly take defenders off the dribble with either hand) ... Can put the ball on the floor in space, transition or on closeouts while using a variety of moves or making dump-off passes ... Has a great first-step ... Displayed great shooting consistency and efficiency from various areas of the floor: 59 percent on 2-pointers, 40 percent from the 3-point line, 51 percent overall from the field ... Has nice touch and finishing ability around the rim with either hand ... Active finisher around the basket ... Can finish through contact ... Showed a willingness to move without the ball ... Constant threat to scores off cuts and with or without the ball in transition ... Does a good job of running the baseline for alley-oops ... Connected on 80 percent of his free throws ... Defensively, he showed that he can defend in space and guard the perimeter extremely well for his size ... Gets into his stance and slides his feet better than any other big man in his class ... Projects to be the perfect defender for switches and closeouts at the next level ... Shows good defensive awareness off the ball, allowing him to be a solid help defender and weakside shot blocker ... Exceptional overall shot blocker, having averaged 3.0 blocks per game in his lone season at MSU ... Possesses great rim protection, anticipation, range, and instincts ... Solid post defender, didn’t bite on pump fakes often ... He seems to always be quick to the ball ... Never gives up on plays on defense ... Goes hard after offensive rebounds (high-level offensive rebounder) ... Has good timing on his putbacks ... Plays aggressively and with hustle/energy ... One of the youngest, if not the youngest, players in the draft ... Won’t turn 19 years of age until September ...

Weaknesses: A late bloomer in regards to his physical frame as he’s still a bit on the thin side ... Still very much a kid and will require additional time to fully mature both on and off the floor ... Would benefit from developing more muscle/strength for the next level (especially in the upper body) ... He’s not overly bouncy or explosive ... His overall offensive game is still unpolished despite the promise it has ... Jackson has a tendency to get into foul trouble (averaged 8.6 fouls per 100 possessions ... A lot of his fouls stem from him being undisciplined on defense ... Foul trouble was a main reason why his playing time was diminished throughout his FR season ... Needs to work on maintaining his balance as a low-post defender ... May need to tweak his shooting mechanics (low release, knuckleball), but still projects as a solid outside shooter ... Although he shot a high percentage throughout the season, he did attempt just seven shots per game (what will he do with an expanded role?) ... Needs to polish his shooting off the dribble ... He was too passive and therefore inconsistent at times ... Not an elite below-the-rim finisher ... Needs to learn how to move onto the next play (maturity) and not check out the game (mentally) when he makes a bad play or something doesn’t go his way ... Lacks passing awareness ... Doesn’t look comfortable making decisions with the ball ... Remains to be seen if he can develop into a playmaker ... His assist-to-turnover ratio left a lot to be desired ... Not a shifty enough ball-handler in traffic ... Can be a little wild and out of control when he puts the ball on the floor ... Does not have a go-to move in the post that he can rely upon ... Still developing the footwork that’ll be necessary as a viable low-post threat against bigger and stronger players in the NBA ...

Overall: Jackson is perhaps the best two-way big man to come out of this year’s draft and has enormous upside ... He’s developed rapidly in one season under Tom Izzo at Michigan State ... In the modern NBA, Jackson’s skillset is what is in demand from big men ... He’s a complete big man who can shoot from deep, protect the rim and has no problem switching out to guards in the pick-and-roll or isolation ... He just didn’t get a chance to really show the full range of his value on a consistent basis with the Spartans ... He averaged just 21.8 minutes per game, and much of the reasoning behind that is because he was so foul prone (he also was the fifth option on most nights) ... Jackson thoroughly contemplated returning to school for his sophomore year in order to show that he was capable of a larger role and averaging the 20-10 numbers that his contemporaries (DeAndre Ayton & Marvin Bagley III) put up throughout the season. But scouts and other NBA personnel don’t need to see another year of him in Spartans uniform to know that he has a ton of promise on both ends of the floor ... One thing to note about Jackson is that he’s just scratching the surface of his abilities and is still realizing how good he can become ... He’s built a strong case for top-5 consideration in this year’s draft, though he will probably require more patience than some of the other elite prospects ...

Notes: Measured: 6' 9.75'' barefoot, 6' 11.25'' in shoes, 236.0 lbs, 7' 5.25'' wingspan, 9' 2'' standing reach, 7.20% body fat, 10.00 inch hand length at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine ...

Tajh Jenkins 6/10/18

Strengths: 6’10 athletic big man with great length (7’4 wingspan and 9’1 standing reach) ... Good athleticism, energy, and activity ... Mobile, well-coordinated, and fluid ... Good hands and touch around the basket ... Can finish with either hand, doesn’t hesitate to shoot with his left hand ... Good rebounder on both ends ... Keeps the ball high after rebounds, not letting smaller defenders get a hand on it ... Great defensive potential ... Good timing as a shot blocker and gets off the ground quickly ... Rotates and moves his feet well ... Has ability to shoot from outside and has a quick release ... Shows potential as a stretch big man ... Can play the pick and pop ... Good free throw stroke ... Draws several fouls per game ... Solid court vision, passing ability, and understanding of the game ... Spaces the floor well offensively ... Shoots the quick three at times but knows his role as a big man ... Doesn’t try to do too much ... Can put the ball on the floor and get to the basket when given a straight-line attack opportunity from inside the arc ... Willing screener ... Fits the mold for ideal big man in today’s NBA ... Young for his class, won’t turn 18 until the middle of September of his freshman year ...

Weaknesses: Low release on his shot, could use more arc ... Sometimes rushes it and pushes it from his chest without getting it into the shooting pocket ... Shoots quick at times from three and looks off balanced ... Tends to lean forward on free throws ... Post game is raw. Lacks technique around the basket ... Doesn’t handle double teams well ... At time he tries to put the ball on the floor in traffic, resulting in turnovers ... Solid strength level and frame but will need to get stronger moving forward ... Can improve finishing in traffic and handling contact ... Would be more dominant if he were to develop more of a mean streak, and play with a little more emotion ... May struggle some for playing time as a frehman playing with Nick Ward and Miles Bridges ...

Outlook: Incoming Michigan State freshman ... Son of former NBA player, Jaren Jackson ... Played in the McDonald’s All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit (13 points and seven rebounds) ... Transferred to La Lumiere (29-1) for his senior year, leading them to win the Dick’s National Championship, averaging 15.7 points and eight rebounds in the tournament ... Averaged 15.7 points and seven rebounds over the Nike EYBL ... Won a gold medal with the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team. Naismith High School All America honorable mention ...

Notes: Son of former NBA player, Jaren Jackson ... Measured 6'10, 225 lbs with a 7'4 wingspan and 9'1 standing reach at the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit ...

Evan Tomes 11/2/17

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