Isaiah Jackson to stay in NBA draft, forgo eligibility at Kentucky

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On Friday, Kentucky Wildcats forward Isaiah Jackson announced that he will keep his name in the NBA draft and forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility with the program.

Jackson was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team after averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots in 25 games with the Wildcats. He led all SEC players in blocks while he ranked 15th in the nation, recording at least three blocks in nine games.

The freshman announced in March that he’d test the waters while leaving open the possibility of returning to school. He is most commonly projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick in July, which likely influenced his decision to remain in the draft.

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Jackson projects to be a strong defensive player at the next level given his skill set and versatility. He is viewed as perhaps the best shot-blocker in the class while he also showed progress on the offensive end of the floor toward the end of the season.

The NBA draft is set to take place on July 29.

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