The most important workouts of Isaiah Jackson’s life are underway. The former Kentucky forward already has a lengthy resume. He’s adding to his body of work by performing in front of coaches and front office personnel ahead of July 29th Draft.
Thursday morning Jackson took his talents to Indianapolis to work out with the Pacers. Joined by former Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu and a handful of others, after hitting the court Jackson shared what he wants to show teams in the draft’s lead-up.
“I’m trying to show teams that I’m a good teammate on and off the court and that I can shoot the ball,” Jackson said. “People already know about my shot-blocking ability and playing defense. Another thing I want to show is that I can guard multiple positions and guard some of the bests.”
He added: “I feel like I’m a four, but I can also post up and play a little five too: shot-blocking, bringing the energy, getting tip dunks, rebounds, hustle plays doing it really. Shooting the ball, everything.”
Jackson was the SEC’s top shot-blocker last year, swatting 2.6 per game. He added 6.6 rebounds a game in his only UK season, but offensively he was much more inconsistent. Jackson made 54% of his attempts, yet scored just over eight points an outing. Some nights he just wasn’t aggressive enough on offense, a lesson he’s taking with him from Kentucky to the NBA.
“It helped me a lot. It taught me a lot of things. Playing tough because every game we play is like the other team’s championship, so you gotta bring it every game. Another thing is playing with fire, playing with that fire that you are the team, you are that guy and bring that every game,” he said.
Most likely a lottery selection later this month, Jackson has floated between the 11th and 15th picks in ESPN’s most recent mock drafts. The Pacers are set to pick in that range at No. 13 overall.
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