Potential lottery pick Isaiah Jackson has announced that he’ll enter his name into the 2021 NBA draft pool, according to a press release from Kentucky. The freshman power forward is testing the waters and won’t sign with an agent for the time being.
“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine growing up,” Jackson said in a statement. “It has always been something that, with the right opportunity, I would pursue. … No matter what I ultimately decide, this place will always hold a special place in my heart.”
In his first – and possibly only – season with the Wildcats, Jackson averaged 8.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and an impressive 2.6 BPG in 25 games (20.7 MPG). In his scouting report, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony refers to Jackson as one of the best athletes in the college game who is a defensive difference-maker and has some offensive upside.
Givony and fellow ESPN draft guru Mike Schmitz currently have Jackson ranked 12th on their big board of 2021 prospects.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the revamped NBA schedule, there’s still no set of deadlines in place for when early entrants must declare for the draft and when they’ll have to make final decisions on their draft eligibility. An update on those dates and deadlines should come sometime soon.