After an impressive season at the University of Kansas, freshman forward Josh Jackson has officially declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. This 2017 NBA Draft has been regarded as one of the more deeper draft classes in recent years and with the addition of Jackson, that narrative only becomes stronger.
No surprise: Josh Jackson declares for draft. Signs with BJ Armstrong/Wasserman Media Group #KUbball
— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) April 17, 2017
At the University of Kansas, Jackson averaged 16.3 rebounds, 7.4 rebounds, and helped lead the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record to claim yet another Big-12 championship. Jackson is being projected as a lottery pick because of his crazy athleticism and his long stature. After declaring, Jackson talked about his decision to leave Kansas and enter the NBA Draft.
Following from Dave Skretta of Associated Press.
“After thoroughly consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball,” Jackson said. “I am very thankful for all of the support I have received from my coaches and teammates at Kansas and I look forward to starting my career in the NBA.”
University of Kansas head coach Bill Self, who coached Jackson, also shared his thoughts on Jackson’s decision.
“This obviously does not come as a surprise,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “When we recruited Josh we were so fortunate but also knew this would probably be a one-year stay. He has not only surpassed our expectations as a player but also as a leader and a teammate.”