Josh Jackson-SG/SF-Kansas
Size: 6’8 205lbs

Josh Jackson


  • Versatile
  • High basketball IQ
  • Length
  • Leaping ability
  • Aggressive defender
  • Work ethic
  • Competitive

Analysis: The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and a First-Team All-Conference member, Josh Jackson had a highly productive season on one of the top teams in college basketball. Jackson’s physical profile is a mixed bag. He has very good size for the wing at 6’8, and is a quick-twitch and highly explosive athlete who plays above the rim with ease and covers ground seamlessly defensively. With that said, his small hands, 6’10 wingspan and narrow 207 pound frame may limit his effectiveness playing the small-ball power forward role he was so successful filling in college, and the fact that he’s an older freshman at 20 years old makes you wonder how much more strength his frame will carry down the line. One of the main things that jumps out at you is JJ’s versatility on both sides of the ball. From an offensive standpoint, he possesses a very high Basketball IQ that allows him to be aware of where his teammates are on the court. While he doesn’t play the role of a primary ball handler for Kansas, he’s averaging a very impressive 3.1 assists per game. His motor also jumps off the page, he’s an elite offensive rebounder for a 6’8’’ wing and is extremely assertive when he’s on the hunt for a loose ball, or rebound. He’s an extremely disruptive and explosive defender too, with a solid 6’9.75’’ wingspan, which will aid him in his NBA translation. He’s not the type of defender that merely hinders his opponent’s ability to score, he’s deadly in the passing lanes, and is aggressive trying to steal the ball and deflecting passes. This results in a lot of fast breaks, and easy transition buckets. His shot blocking ability is also very impressive for a wing. Jackson blocks 1.5 shots per game (to go with 1.5 steals) and has the ability to get them in one on one situations, or coming over from the weak side. Athletically he’s explosive, quick, and has good lateral, as well as open court speed. His assertiveness, and aggressive tendencies pair with his athletic gifts making him a regular on highlight reels, and this is a valuable quality in regards to team momentum. Has a blue-collar work ethic and willingness to do the dirty work, does not exhibit the prima donna attitude often associated with elite level prospects.


  • Consistent jump shot
  • Can be too aggressive at times (picking up fouls–personal’s and tech’s)
  • Three-point shooting consistency

Analysis: Josh Jackson’s biggest weakness right now is his shooting. While his athleticism, and his ability to play within himself leaves him with a .52% FG clip, he’s shooting just 38% from deep, and 57% from the charity stripe. Jackson struggled in particular shooting the ball off the dribble in the mid-range this season, hitting just 20% of his attempts according to Synergy, which really limited his effectiveness as a shot-creator in the half-court. He made just 28% of his field goal attempts in pick and roll or isolation situations, doing so against collegiate power forwards with three knockdown shooters alongside him. His shot is not broken or beyond fixing, and he does have touch, but it does have a little hitch that will take time to correct. He’s picked up four or more fouls in five out of Kansas’ first 15 games, and fouled out of three, so cutting down on fouls early in games will be key.

NBA Comparison: Paul George

Draft Projection: Top 3

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