At #4 The Memphis Grizzlies Select: JAREN JACKSON JR.

JAREN JACKSON JR. SPENT JUST ONE SEASON WITH THE SPARTANS BUT LEAVES AS THE BIG 10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR.  ONE OF JACKSON’S STRENGTHS IS HIS ABILITY TO GUARD MULTIPLE POSITIONS, INCLUDING BIGS, AS HIS WINGSPAN MEASURES ALMOST 7-AND-A-HALF FEET.  WHILE HIS DEFENSE IS WAY AHEAD OF HIS OFFENSE, JACKSON CAN BE AN OUTSIDE THREAT, AS HE SHOT ALMOST 40% FROM 3 POINT RANGE IN 96 ATTEMPTS THIS PAST SEASON. HE WASN’T THE OFFENSIVE FOCUS IN EAST LANSING, SO HIS DEFENSIVE FLEXIBILITY IS WHAT WILL GET HIM ON THE FLOOR EARLY IN HIS CAREER. UPON ENTERING THE DRAFT, JACKSON HAS A BUILT-IN ADVANTAGE, AND THAT’S HIS PEDIGREE, AS HIS FATHER, JAREN SR, SPENT 12 SEASONS IN THE NBA.  HOWEVER, AT JUST 18 YEARS OLD, JACKSON STILL HAS A LOT TO LEARN.

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