(First posted at RealGM)
Jackson is the rare prospect who has improved his stock by staying in college longer. A subpar shooter over his first two years at North Carolina, the wing has developed into a sharpshooter as a junior, nailing 37.7% of his 239 three-point shots (average of almost nine attempts per 40 minutes) and acting not only as a spot-up weak-side threat but even coming off pindown screens.
Aside from his shooting, Jackson has proven himself the perfect wing teams are looking for these days in a couple of other areas. He’s able to pass on the move attacking a closeout (assisting on 15% of North Carolina’s scores when he’s been on the floor) and can defend smaller players. His thin 193-pound frame in the context of his six-foot-eight height might be a weakness against bulkier wings but has helped him navigate screens trailing shooters sprinting from side-to-side and defending point guards in the pick-and-roll. That sort of versatility makes him huge asset in an era where switching is becoming the preferred method for guarding the pick-and-roll.
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