Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Suns nab forward Josh Jackson with 4th overall pick

Suns nab forward Josh Jackson with 4th overall pick

With the No. 37 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Semi Ojeleye, a forward from SMU.

The 6-foot-4 Jackson, who turned 19 last month, averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists and shot 39.5 percent on 3-pointers as a part-time starter as a freshman at Duke last season.

This marked the fourth straight year Duke has produced a top-3 pick, following Jabari Parker (2014), Jahlil Okafor ('15) and Brandon Ingram ('16). Boston selected Jaylen Brown with its first-round pick in 2016.

"I have absolutely loved coaching Jayson Tatum", Krzyzewski said when Tatum declared for the Draft.

"I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there", Tatum added. "I just can't wait to go out and prove it".

Los Angeles Lakers- Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA- Best passer to come into the league since Jason Kidd.

Tatum fits nicely on a Celtics roster that sorely needed a scoring threat in the half-court to accompany guard Isaiah Thomas and big man Al Horford.

Moore played in 73 games last season and averaged 9.6 points.

Tatum gives the Celtics some immediate rotation flexibility, with the ability to play both forward spots and defend as many as four positions.

There was no late-night workout in New York City between the Boston Celtics and Josh Jackson.

"He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is", Tatum said. I was all for it.

Asked about the incident, Jackson said, "I don't think it really represents who I am". "When I kind of got reintegrated into this process, right after the season was over, he was one of the guys that it was clear that we were targeting".

Philadelphia 76ers(from Boston via Brooklyn)- Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington- Great offensive talent at all three levels.

Tatum is the third consecutive player to be taken in the this years NBA Draft having played only one year in college.

He turned out to be correct. "They've been with me my entire life, before I was going to be in the National Basketball Association, and they've helped me and been with me the entire way", Tatum said.

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