11 - Josh Jackson


  • Birthday: 2/10/97
  • NBA Position: SG/SF
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 205
  • Hometown: Southfield, MI
  • High School: Prolific Prep
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NBA Comparison: Tracy McGrady/Andrew Wiggins

Strengths: High level athletic wing who plays with a lot of passion and intensity … Vocal leader … Charismatic personality … Gifted player on both offense and defense, possesses a lot of natural ability … Tremendous athlete ... Great combination of explosiveness and finesse … Advanced court vision, allows him to be multidimensional offensively as a threat to score or distribute ... Does a great job of playing to his strengths whether it’s scoring for himself or finding a teammate who has the hot hand … Can score in a variety of ways and is a threat from multiple spots on the floor … Good ball handler. Can create off the dribble and get where he wants … Controls his defender on the perimeter … Thrives in transition, as a leader and finisher, also plays well in a half court set … Defends well and has the tools to be elite at the highest level … Great shot blocker for a wing, great timing and quick elevation. Good instincts, knowing when to jump for blocks and when to stay on his feet … Rebounds well … Improved his scoring in the post more when he was defended by a smaller guard … Serves as an all-around player and impacts the game in multiple categories … Clutch gene. Had many big moments at crucial times to finish close games … Intense competitor. Can play through physicality …

Weaknesses: Can improve as a ball handler but has made noticeable strides … Can improve his jump shot. He can get hot from outside but can still add consistency, still has a slight hitch in his shot that causes him to release the ball on the way down … Passionate player but can wear his emotions at times … Older for his grade by quite a bit. Will turn 20 in February of his freshman season ...

Outlook: Jackson had a big senior season showcasing his elite ability against top competition ... He never failed to rise to the occasion ... When he gets into attack mode and plays at his best, he can’t be matched ... Earned MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game ... As of right now, it is likely he will only be at Kansas for one season as he is the top prospect among the talented 2017 NBA Draft class ... His rare combination of elite tools, athleticism, and IQ gives Jackson the potential to be one of the faces of the NBA in the future ...

Evan Tomes 6/28/16

Strengths: 6’8 elite level wing prospect … One of the most naturally talented prospects in HS over the past few season ... Tremendous athlete. Great combination of explosiveness and finesse … Excellent court vision. Can play as a scorer and distributer ... Can score in a variety of ways, advanced offensive game ... Has a good handle, showing the ability to create off the dribble ... Has the ability to control his defender from the perimeter ... Knows how to set up teammates to score as well as create for himself ... Thrives in transition but can also play in a half court set … Has the tools to be an elite defender at the highest level ... Great shot blocker for a wing, great timing and quick elevation … Mastered the between the legs step back to create open jump shots … Rebounds well … Can fill the stat sheet as an all around player ...

Weaknesses: Still has room to tighten up his ball handling, can get sloppy throughout the game … Also has room to become a more consistent jump shooter ... While he has no problem breaking down the defense from the perimeter, becoming a consistent scoring threat from outside would do wonders for Jackson’s game … Has a tendency to take plays off or settle when he should be involved with every play … Should post up more when having a guard or smaller wing guarding him ... Utilizing his physical tools and natural athleticism to expose mismatches closer to the basket would add another dimension to an already nearly unstoppable player ...

Outlook: Jackson transferred to the newly formed Prolific Prep in Napa, California after spending his first two high school seasons with Detroit Consortium. He thrived with the opportunity to play in some of the nation’s top high school events against elite talent showing why he is considered one of the top prospects in a loaded 2016 high school class. With his rare combination of elite tools, athleticism, and IQ; Jackson has the potential to be one of the faces of the NBA in coming years.

Notes: Full name is Joshua O’Neal Jackson, but goes by Josh or JJ ... born in San Diego, CA ... Measured 6'7 without shoes, 6'8.25 with shoes, 202.5 lbs, with a 6'9.75 wingspan and 8'9.75 standing reach at the 2015 USA U19 tryouts

Evan Tomes 7/10/15

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