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Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it

May 30 2017, 07:26 | Van Peters

Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it

Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it

With a 24 second shot clock, there's not a lot of time for a player like Jackson to create his own shot, and instead of trying to prove he can do so to National Basketball Association scouts, he's showcased himself as a catch-and-shoot player capable of making smart decisions when a shot opportunity isn't there.

"What's amusing is I actually haven't met with the Bulls", Jackson said. "It's tough, but they know how it is and what I want to be doing with my life". I really wanted to get him. Yesterday (Thursday) people saw me be myself. Ball could be an awkward fit for the Celtics, given his skill set and the Celtics' depth at guard, but he's also unquestionably one of the most talented players in the draft.

Prior to his 13-point, four-assist, one-turnover showing that was perhaps more impressive than the numbers indicate, former St. John's coach and current ESPN draft analyst Fran Fraschilla indicated that second-round projections on Jackson might be too conservative.

"Now that I'm here at the Combine, I value that relationship and I'm thankful that I have a teammate [who's father is] s a GM", he said.

Jackson's decision kills any chance of him returning to Durham for his sophomore season. "This is my journey".

"I took that extremely seriously", Jackson said.

That's a big unknown for a 7-footer who went from having one Division I scholarship offer to turning pro after his redshirt freshman season. Most notably, Jackson improved his three-point shooting percentage from 29 percent to 37 percent in 2016-17. "Some of the Kentucky people said he's as athletic as Malik Monk and he showed that". "He had a good year". I felt bad when he was injured (and lost for the season in late January).

"I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father", Johnson told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Teams are going to bring him in for workouts and he'll get a chance to show what he can do in those workouts.

Vogel said he's also gotten to know interim Magic general manager Matt Lloyd better.

I've thought about it.

"If I were to go back and [Duval] were to come there it wouldn't affect me", Jackson said of the point guard who is also considering Arizona, Baylor, Kansas and Seton Hall.

The combine did not go as well for BYU's Eric Mika, which could be good news for Cougars fans hoping he comes back. All in all, Alkins finished the game with 18 points while shooting 5-10 from the field and 2-5 from three-point range. The agents control - they have the ability to control the draft.

"I knew nobody in that draft could guard me one-on-one", he said with the utmost confidence.

"Frankly, he's taken on some guys who are a little risky and have a little history to them in order to win", Zagoria said of Hurley. "I'm not trying to get distracted with that". They've logged hundreds of man hours watching game action, live and on videotape, of the vast majority of the 67 players gathered for the combine. Justin went through it a year ago.

Mason, 5-11 in socks, 6-foot in shoes, joined MI senior Derrick Walton (5-11) and Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans (5-10.8) in measuring under the 6-foot mark.



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