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Isaiah Jackson No. 21 in The Athletic’s new mock draft

Since he declared in March, the understanding is that if Isaiah Jackson is projected to be a lottery pick, he’ll stay in the draft, foregoing his eligibility at Kentucky. With over two months until the event, Jackson’s standing in mock drafts continues to vary. ESPN’s mock from April 8 has Jackson No. 11, safely inside the lottery, but The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has him well outside of it in his latest projections, going No. 21 to the New York Knicks. Even more, he says he’s hearing from agents and scouts that Jackson is still considering returning to Kentucky for another season.

A fascinating situation, as Jackson is considering returning to school, per The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker. That tracks with what agents and scouts I’ve talked to have been told as well. Jackson could certainly use another year in college to iron out some of the more raw parts of his game. Having said that, he showed genuine growth, especially late in the season. NBA teams would assuredly take a chance on him somewhere in Round 1, potentially even in the late lottery, due to his elite-level physical tools. He’s 6-10 with a 7-3 wingspan and all sorts of twitchy explosiveness. He is the prototypical run-and-jump, play-finishing, shot-swatting center prospect and has the athleticism to legitimately do it.

Sophomore Isaiah Jackson is a tempting thought, but as always in these situations, it’s wise not to get your hopes up, especially before Jackson puts his freak athleticism on display at the draft combine in June.

Elsewhere, Vecenie also has BJ Boston going to the Knicks with the 32nd pick. If that happens, New York might as well put checkerboard on its uniforms. (Not really. The checkerboard is hideous.)

Check it all out at the link below (if you have a subscription).

[Sam Vecenie NBA Mock Draft 4.0]

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7 Comments for Isaiah Jackson No. 21 in The Athletic’s new mock draft

  1. EastKY-BlueBlood
    10:32 am May 6, 2021 Permalink

    Speaking of checkerboard, after this past season, if there was EVER a time to FINALLY switch things up, would that not be now?!!!! lol Anything, just not checkerboard head 2 toe..

  2. BallDontLie
    10:56 am May 6, 2021 Permalink

    Jackson is a top 10 prospect in this draft regardless of what the mocks say. Someone is going to get a steal

    • Alex90
      11:16 am May 6, 2021 Permalink

      He definitely has the potential but his decision making is likely what holds him back the most. Great defensive players get blocks and steals without fouling and get out of foul trouble. College refs play a part there but he made some really dumb decisions to pick up a lot of his fouls. His offense and strength also needs to improve. Nerlens was pretty similar but better in college and he has barely stayed in the NBA(good situation now though)

  3. Swizzle
    11:00 am May 6, 2021 Permalink

    I’ll predict hes coming back

  4. ZRZynda
    11:22 am May 6, 2021 Permalink

    If (and that’s a HUGE IF) he would to come back and could work on his midrange shooting and staying out of foul trouble he will be a top 7 draft pick maybe even top 5

  5. Eddiemcwildcat
    11:26 am May 6, 2021 Permalink

    One more year

  6. 8 god
    12:28 pm May 6, 2021 Permalink

    Just daydreaming about a lineup of Jaden Hardy, Kellan Grady, CJ Frederick, Daimion Collins, and Isaiah Jackson…

    heck, give me TyTy instead of Hardy and that team is still balling out.