Josh Jackson, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound guard from Detroit, Mich., is headed to Phoenix. Just moments ago, the Suns drafted Jackson with the 4th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Just three players, Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum, were selected ahead of Jackson.
Jackson, a 2017 Wooden All-American selection and the 2017 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week seven times this past season. He finished second on the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game and was also a two-time Big 12 Player of the Week.
During his lone season in Lawrence, Jackson broke or tied four Kansas freshman records, including double-doubles (12), rebounds (tied Danny Manning’s 258 set in 1985), field goals made (220) and field goals attempted (429).
Jackson’s 16.3 scoring average was sixth in the Big 12 and his 7.4 rebounds per game were fifth. The Detroit, native led Kansas with 59 steals and 37 blocked shots during his freshman campaign.
Jackson, who ultimately decided to decline a workout with the Boston Celtics (scheduling conflicts) was asked about that decision seconds after being drafted.
“Maybe a little bit,” said Jackson when asked if his decision to not workout for the Boston Celtics impacted where he was drafted. “But you know, I’m here today and I’m happy. I’m glad to be a Phoenix Sun now I think that I can bring a lot of defensive versatility, offensive versatility, I can guard 1-4 on the defensive end and I can also play 1-4 on the offensive end.”
• All-America (Wooden-first team, NABC-second team, Sporting News-second team, USA TODAY-second team, NBC Sports-second team, Associated Press-third team, CBS-second team)
• Freshman All-America (Sporting News)
• USBWA District VI All-District
• Big 12 Freshman of the Year
• All-Big 12 First Team (Big 12 coaches, AP)
• Big 12 All-Newcomer Team
• Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Semifinalists (1 of 10)
• Big 12 Player of the Week [12/27/2016, 2/13/2017]
• Big 12 Newcomer of the Week [11/21/2016, 11/28/2016, 1/9/2017, 1/16/2017, 1/30/2017, 2/20/2017, 2/27/2017]
• Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week [1/17/2017, 2/14/2017]
• Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Watch List Finalist (1 of 10)
• Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List (1 of 12)
• CBE Hall of Fame Classic MVP
• CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team
• Posted a Kansas freshman record with 13 double-doubles.
• Also set the KU freshman record with 220 field goals made, 429 field goals attempted and tied for first with 258 rebounds (Danny Manning in 1985).
• Was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week a KU record seven times.
• Piggybacked two USBWA National Freshman of the Week honors with his league newcomer weekly awards. • Twice was named Big 12 Player of the Week.
• In only one season, Jackson’s nine Big 12 weekly honors were more than any other Jayhawk for his career, passing Nick Collison’s eight from 2000-03.
• Was sixth in the Big 12, tops among freshmen, in scoring at 16.3 points per game.
• Ranked fifth in the Big 12 in rebound average at 7.4.
• Also ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (sixth at 51.3), steals (tied for sixth at 1.7) and blocked shots (13th at 1.1).
• Led Kansas in scoring nine times and in rebounds in 13 contests.
• Scored a career-high 31 points, with 11 rebounds, and had the game-winning free throw at Texas Tech (Feb. 11).
• Twice pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds: vs. UMKC (Dec. 6) and vs. Oklahoma (Feb. 27).
• Had a career-high five steals against West Virginia (Feb. 14).
• Recorded a career-high five blocked shots versus Nebraska (Dec. 10).
• Was named the CBE Hall of Fame Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in wins against UAB (Nov. 21) and Georgia (Nov. 22).
KANSAS FRESHMAN RANKINGS
Double-Doubles: First (13)
Field Goals Made: First (220)
Field Goals Attempted: First (429)
Rebounds: Tied for First (258)
Points: Third (572)
Scoring Average: Second (16.3)
Free Throws Made: Tied for Third (98)
Free Throws Attempted: Second (173)
Steals: Fifth (55)
Minutes: Fourth (1,077)