One day after working out UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers flew to Sacramento to get a look at another one of their options for the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Josh Jackson of Kansas.
According to DraftExpress, Jackson is the third-best prospect in he draft following a freshman season that saw him average 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and three assists for the Jayhawks, who eventually lost to Oregon in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament
The Lakers workout with Jackson wasn’t open to the public, so not many details are known about it. All we can glean from the one picture the Lakers’ tweeted of the event is that president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, general manager Rob Pelinka, head coach Luke Walton, and owners/front office members Joey and Jesse Buss were all in attendance to watch Jackson’s workout.
Some members of the Lakers front office are rumored to be fans of Jackson’s game, and team’s Twitter account made it sound like the workout went well:
Great workout today with Josh Jackson #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/XkoaWkSjjF— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 8, 2017
Jackson evidently agreed:
Thank you for the opportunity @Lakers https://t.co/wzfHDAHe91— Josh Jackson (@j_josh11) June 8, 2017
The Lakers aren’t done working out top prospects. The team will have De’Aaron Fox in for a workout next Tuesday, after which they’ll have seen the three players they’re likely selecting between for the second overall pick. How these workouts affect the whispers coming out about the organization’s intentions, if at all, will be interesting to monitor.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.