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More preseason praise being directed toward freshman Isaiah Jackson

Isaiah Jackson. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Isaiah Jackson.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

B.J. Boston and Terrence Clarke are the two clear freshman stars, but there are continuing whispers that Kentucky has a third one hiding in the shadows.

6-foot-10 freshman forward Isaiah Jackson earned himself even more preseason praise earlier on Sunday, this time from ESPN basketball analyst and former head coach Jimmy Dykes, who said that the former four-star prospect “is gonna be a problem for rest of the SEC.”

Since the middle of October, Jackson has been the most talked-about player who flew under the radar as a high schooler. This tweet from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein immediately turned heads and the hype train hasn’t stopped since then.

Our own Matt Jones and The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker have been hearing similar things about Jackson’s potential as an immediate impact player. Even fellow freshman B.J. Boston couldn’t help but brag on his teammate, calling him a “pro” just the other day. Jackson has already been tabbed as one of 20 power forwards named to the Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List, handed out annually to college basketball’s top power forward.

Oliver Sarr has been the talk of the offseason, but it’s Jackson who fans should be eager to watch for the first time come Nov. 25.

But Dykes, who was in attendance for Sunday’s practice, had more to talk about than just Jackson; he also mentioned the competitiveness between the backcourt duo of Davion Mintz and freshman Devin Askew while hyping up the team’s overall strengths of defending and rebounding.

Keep the high praises coming! We need something to tide us over for the next two-plus weeks…

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR