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6’3” 205 LBS G
36 G | 24.9 MPG | 10.9 PPG | 47.3 FG% | 39.2 3FG% | 51 3FG | 75.5 FT% | 2.5 RPG | 1.7 APG
• In the middle of May, Jackson reported to the NBA’s annual scouting combine undecided about whether he would ultimately stay in this year’s draft pool, or return to Duke for a second season. It took only a day – maybe less than that – for the point guard to make up his mind. After delivering a strong showing in the combine’s first batch of scrimmages and testing, Jackson opted to hire an agent, thus affirming his intent to go pro. In five-on-five action, he came off the bench to tally 13 points (6-12 fg, 0-2 3fg) and four assists. Furthermore, Jackson posted the fastest shuttle run time (2.70 seconds), fifth-best three-quarter sprint time (3.14 seconds), fourth-highest standing vertical leap (34.5 inches), and second-highest max vertical leap (42.0 inches).
• If you attempted to track the arc of Jackson’s lone collegiate campaign, the resulting figure would likely resemble that of an inverted bell curve. The recently-minted 19-year old (his birthday was May 4th) opened his season on a tear, surging into the starting line-up behind a streak of eight straight double-digit scoring outings. When the calendar flipped from November to December, Jackson’s production began to taper off, along with his minutes. He ultimately regained a role in the Blue Devils’ top group for the club’s final eight tilts of the year, a stretch sparked February 28th with this 22-point outburst against Florida State.
• Regardless of where he was on Duke’s depth chart, Jackson proved to be a steady two-way contributor, particularly from an efficiency standpoint. According to Synergy Sports, he accounted for an above-average 1.04 points scored per possession, and was even better in pick-and-roll sets, at 1.10 points scored per possession. On the flip side, opponents shot just 36.6 percent from the field against Jackson, while being held to 0.81 points per possession.
Did You Know?:
An All-American out of Utah, Jackson emerged as the winner of the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game Slam Dunk Contest. He also deposited 19 points in the exhibition itself, resulting in co-MVP honors.
Quote of Note:
“After I played and sat down and thought about it with my family, I just feel like I have all the confidence in the world in my talents and abilities. I wanted to showcase that [on the first day of the combine], and it was a goal and dream of mine, and it’s right here, so I’m going to do everything I can to attack it.” – Jackson, NBA Draft Combine [5/11/2017]
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