All signs are pointing towards Lonzo Ball when the Los Angeles Lakers finally make their selection June 22, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do their due diligence first.
Kansas University wing Josh Jackson has come up plenty in discussions for that selection, and the Lakers’ front office will get a closer look at him Thursday in Sacramento, per Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Bresnahan.
Jackson is certainly talented enough to wow anyone in any workout, but he will be facing an uphill climb, as he is still a full year older than Brandon Ingram, let alone Ball.
He averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.7 steals per game in his lone year at Kansas, shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three.
On the defensive end is where he’ll likely make his biggest impact, with the aforementioned athleticism and a wingspan measuring as high a 6’10”. Should he and Ingram play together and figure it out, they would make quite the tandem on both sides of the ball.
This isn’t anywhere near the first time Jackson’s name has come up in regards to that second pick, nor will this be anywhere near the last.