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Isaiah Jackson staying in 2021 NBA Draft

As expected.

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Isaiah Jackson will remain in the 2021 NBA Draft, he announced Friday.

As a true freshman, the 6-foot-10 Jackson averaged 8.4 points on 54% shooting with 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in just 20.7 minutes per contest. Jackson staying in the draft was a move that everyone knew was inevitable, especially later into the season when he reached double figures in six-straight games and had his only two double-doubles during that stretch.

At the beginning of the season, not many NBA mock drafts had Jackson being drafted. But as the season progressed, his talent and potential were made clear, enough that he’s now a virtual lock to be drafted in Round 1 and could sneak into the lottery. He has all the physical tools and instincts to have a long and productive NBA career.

The latest Mock Draft out of ESPN has Jackson all the way at No. 12 to the San Antonio Spurs, where he would team up with former Wildcat Keldon Johnson.

Best of luck in the pros!

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