Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. wasn’t expecting to be thinking about his NBA decision after the first weekend of March Madness. However, because the Spartans were knocked out of the tournament in the Round of 32 by Syracuse, Jackson now has to consider his options for next season.
On Monday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo joined The Huge Show on CBS Sports Radio and said that he will meet with the freshman and his family later in the week to discuss his NBA Draft decision.
Izzo also said there's a meeting scheduled for later this week between him, Jaren Jackson and Jackson's family to talk NBA Draft decision
— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) March 20, 2018
If the Michigan State forward decides to enter the 2018 NBA Draft, he is projected to be a top-10 pick. If he decides to stay, he will follow in the footsteps of teammate Miles Bridges, who decided to stay for his sophomore season instead of entering the 2017 NBA Draft.
In 35 games this season with the Spartans, Jackson averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks per game, all while shooting 59.6 percent from the field.
The Spartans were the Big Ten regular season champions this season. After defeating Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Michigan State was upset by Syracuse on Sunday. In the loss, Jackson only played 15 minutes due to foul trouble.
In all, Michigan State finished with an overall record of 30-5 in Jackson’s first season.