Suns nab forward Josh Jackson with 4th overall pick

Jackson scored 10.9 points per game during his freshman year at Duke.

Described by ESPN's Michael Wilbon as a player "with a chip on both shoulders" and "the alpha male of this draft class", Jackson seemed to back up those labels in a subsequent news conference with assembled members of the National Basketball Association media. Fox was surely tempting, but the thought of Jackson and Devin Booker running on the wings is tantalizing.

"I think of him as a combo, I think he can (play point guard or shooting guard)", Demps said. "I don't think the other guys in this draft care as much as I do".

The 6-foot-3 Jackson was named Mr. Basketball in 2016 and then averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a part-time starter for the Blue Devils.

The Boston Celtics, who had the No. 3 pick, passed on Jackson and instead selected Duke's Jayson Tatum. But Jackson also addressed that during his post-draft meeting with the media in NY. "He'll be a guy that helps with their culture, not that it needs to be changed, but he'll definitely add to it in a positive way from day one".

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With the cameras and lights finally shining on him, Jackson strode to the stage as the 31st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to open the second round.

The biggest concern about Jackson coming out of draft night is a right foot injury that he is still recovering from after undergoing surgery in late May to fix a stress reaction he sustained during his freshman year. "Whatever opportunity he gets, he's going to make the most of it", Prolific Prep's co-director and director of operations, Philippe Doherty, said of Jackson. And although the Alpine, Utah, native did not go in the top 30 selections, he did not have to wait any longer than that. I think that's what really makes me special. New Orleans still has two second-round picks, as they're due to pick 52nd overall. "My group started playing professionally, now their group is playing professionally, and I hope the kids underneath him from the area are now going to want to play professionally because of them".

Moore played in 73 games last season and averaged 9.6 points.

Massenat spoke highly of the new Timberwolves player Cooke, who was a young budding star on the only Mercer County boys team to ever win the Tournament of Champions title in 2010. "I'm going to come in, compete - that's what I do - and look forward to the future".

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