The first Jayhawk is off the board and as expected it is Josh Jackson, who went 4th overall to Phoenix. A number of teams reportedly have been offering trades to move up to 4 to take Jackson, so stay tuned, but for now he heads to the desert.
Jackson had one of the best freshmen seasons in Kansas history, averaging 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. On a more advanced stats note, Jackson was solid across the board, with a 108.2 offensive rating while shooting 55 percent on twos, and 38 percent from three. He also had an 8.7 percent offensive rebound rate while also contributing on the defensive glass. While the 2 and 3 point numbers were good, Jackson’s struggles from the free throw line may foreshadow some shooting issues down the line, and he has to get better defensively after getting eaten up by smaller 4 men last season. Still, he does so many things well that even if the shooting doesn't pan out he should be able to impact the game enough to be a useful NBA player.