Josh Jackson goes No. 4 to Suns


Jackson, who was drafted Thursday night as the No. 4 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns, was at Friday night's Arizona Diamondbacks game. The 20-year-old Jackson was the Big 12 freshman of the year and an all-Big 12 first-team selection. But when I look at Phoenix and I see that they are so young and kind of need a 3, somebody to come in and play that 3 spot, and I feel like that's my favorite position to play.

While Jackson's on-court potential is sky high, there are some lingering concerns about off-court activity, which date back to a December incident where he allegedly vandalized a woman's auto and threatened to beat her.

"We love his fire, his competitive spirit", McDonough said. McDonough said they always try to be "very thorough" with any pick, but estimated they talked to 20 to 30 sources about Jackson's incident outside of a Lawrence bar where he was accused of causing damage to a vehicle.

"If he can shoot the ball at an above-average level", McDonough said, "he can be a star".

He agreed to a diversion program that requires him to go to anger management class among other things in order to have the misdemeanor offense dismissed.

Jackson's new teammate Marquese Chriss, who played with Jackson on a high-school travel team, expects these to be isolated incidents. "I think he is one of the better passing wings that we've scouted and I've scouted in a long time".

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"It's going to make us a really special team down the road", Jackson said. "I did", he said. I did. I admitted to it from Day One when it was brought up.

Jackson said the incident "wasn't as bad as everybody made it out to be". I think the whole situation was really blown out of proportion, just because I am who I am.

McDonough said that defensive ability was something the Suns were looking for throughout the pre-draft process and it was one of the reasons the team selected Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed with the 32nd pick.

Peters, listed at 6-9 and 232 pounds, earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors twice and was named the Horizon League Player of the Year after leading the conference in both scoring (23.0) and rebounding (10.1) as a senior. What is is how they will now immerse themselves in the Suns and help a franchise end its seven-year playoff drought.

Last season the Suns also held the fourth overall pick, going with Croatian big Dragan Bender.