Nothing is official right now, but Isaiah Jackson could very well find himself in the famous Green Room.
For those of you that don’t know, an invitation to the NBA Draft’s Green Room is an all-but assured indication that the player will get picked within the first round. According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, 15 players have already been invited into the Green Room, but Jackson is one of nine more possible prospects who could join them. But of those nine players who are on the cusp of earning an invitation to the Green Room, only five of them are expected to make the cut.
The 2021 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Last year, the entire draft was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Source: Five more players are expected to be added to the Green Room next week. Likely to come from this group of players based on NBA team voting:
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— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 16, 2021
If NBA mock drafts are any hint as to where Jackson might land, it feels safe to say he should find himself in the Green Room. Even though he skipped the NBA Combine, Givony recently tabbed Jackson as the No. 15 overall player in the pool. Bypassing the Combine is typically a good sign that the player received some sort of guarantee from an NBA franchise.
The majority of NBA mock drafts have Jackson going in the first round with a good portion of them still believing he can sneak his way into the lottery as one of the first 14 picks selected. If he officially makes it into the Green Room, we can go ahead and chalk him up as another first-round draft choice under head coach John Calipari.
After spending one season in Lexington, Jackson elected to forgo the remainder of his college eligibility. The 6-foot-10 pogo stick played all 25 games for Kentucky during the 2020-21 season, including 17 starts. Jackson averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game as he went on to earn SEC All-Freshman and All-Defense honors.