Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. landed on one of the four Sports Illustrated covers for the magazine issue previewing the NCAA Tournament.
“ON THE SHORT LIST: Jaren Jackson Jr.” the description to the right of Jackson reads. “Michigan State’s Two-Way Monster.”
Behind Jackson are players and coaches who have made the tournament unforgettable over the years. Spartans fans might recognize the player on the bottom right.
— GreenandWhite.com (@LSJGreenWhite) March 7, 2018
Jackson hasn’t put up the kind of numbers Michigan State great Magic Johnson did a freshman — Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.4 assists — but he’s been one of the nation’s top freshmen nonetheless. He’s currently averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, and he helped lead Michigan State to its seventh outright Big Ten regular season championships. Bracket projections have the Spartans between a No. 2 and a No. 4 seed for this year’s NCAA Tournament.
— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 7, 2018
In addition to Jackson, Devonte’ Graham (Kansas), DeAndre Ayton (Arizona) and Isaiah Wilkins (Virginia) also landed on this issue’s covers.