Jaren Jackson Jr. likely will be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. That is, of course, as long as he decides to turn pro.
Jackson, the Michigan State forward and 2017-18 Big Ten Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, does not have a timetable on making a decision about entering the draft, his father told the Detroit Free Press. The deadline for early entrants to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft is April 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
“We are having great ongoing family conversations as Jaren Jr. thinks about his opportunities ahead,” Jaren Jackson Sr., a former NBA player, told Chris Solari of the Free Press in a text message. “We are so proud of him to be in this position to have a true choice.”
Jackson (6-foot-11, 242 pounds) averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game during his freshman season at Michigan State. He was considered the No. 8 player in the 2017 recruiting class as a high school player in La Porte, Ind. If he does turn pro, he could be the safest lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is entering the 2018 NBA Draft and will not return to the Spartans. Forward Nick Ward also declared for the draft but did not hire an agent, leaving the door open for him to return to East Lansing.