Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson walked up onto the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a smile on his face and a Charlotte Hornets hat on his head. Those damned logistics, which were originally blamed on the short time between the C's-Sixers trade and the NBA Draft, as it turns out, was actually just Jackson's desire to not land with the Celtics, according to Danny Ainge.
New Orleans traded up to the No. 31 overall pick, the first selection of the second round, to take Duke shooting guard Frank Jackson. "To go against National Basketball Association all-stars and guys I've watched for years makes me excited. I really think he's going to have an opportunity to be a really good player for the Pelicans".
"They weren't in my mind, to be honest", Jackson admitted to the media pool. "It's been a fun process". In the first round, a record 16 freshmen heard their names called.
Yahoo Sports reported Jackson underwent foot surgery in late May, but is expected to be able to play by the end of July.
But the moment was all worth it, Jackson said.
"There's a number of things we like", Demps said. "I'm here with my family, and it can't be better than that".
With the fourth overall pick, the Suns selected Kansas forward Josh Jackson, one of the draft's best defenders. I just can't wait to go out and prove it every day. "People can expect me to be a fierce competitor and someone who can lead a team and get out and defend-play my game". "But I'm excited to get going".
The 6-foot-4 Jackson, who left Duke after his freshman season, is a combo guard going to a team in need of backcourt help. Overall he scored an above average 1.07 points per possession, and was the seventh most efficient scorer out of all high major conferences.
Asked which guard role he prefers, Jackson responded, "I think I'm a very versatile player who can play both positions". He finished his high school career with 2,079 points, the sixth-most in Utah High School Activities Association history at the time.
"I feel that way 100 per cent", Jackson said. "It's something I've been planning on doing".