Take 5: 2018 NBA Draft Prospect Jaren Jackson


Michigan State Spartans forward Jaren Jackson Jr.
Michigan State Spartans forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (USA TODAY Sports)

Five things to know about 2018 NBA Draft prospect Jaren Jackson Jr., a forward from Michigan State:

1. Jackson is the son of former NBA player Jaren Jackson Sr., who played at Georgetown, was on the 1999 San Antonio Spurs’ title team and was a pro for 13 years. His mother, Terri, is the acting director of the WNBA players association.

2. Jackson Jr. spent one season at Michigan State. At 6-11, 242 pounds, he is regarded as one of the better shooters Tom Izzo has coached. Jackson made 39.6 percent of his 3-point attempts at MSU.

3. Scouts have compared Jackson Jr. to Boston Celtics All-Star forward Al Horford.

4. Jackson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and established a new school record with 106 blocks, averaging more than 3.0 per game.

5. Spartans teammate Miles Bridges is projected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick in the 2018 draft.