One And Done Kansas Jayhawks
Number One: Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson was a athletic and headstrong player for the Kansas Jayhawks. Even though he never got to the National Championship that Jayhawk fans like me so desperately wanted, he definitely did everything he could to get there. Josh Jackson was the five star recruit complement to Frank Mason, and fed off his energy.
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For his only season Jackson would play 35 games, average 16.3 points, 7.4 total rebounds, three assists, and held a 51.3 field goal percentage plus a 37.8 three point percentage. He contributed to a already athletic backcourt and set the tone for the contribution of others.
Although Jackson was also marred by plenty of off the court problems, it never became an issue during the postseason. Unlike most of Kansas’ best recruits, Jackson had no injuries during the NCAA Tournament and never missed a single NCAA Tournament game. Jackson did miss a Big 12 tournament game, but it was favorable to Kansas for him to miss before Selection Sunday
Jackson’s return to Kansas was never a reality. He obviously had the talent and the athleticism to carry himself to the NBA, so he did not need any second thoughts. He released a humble statement regarding his NBA decision after his loss to Oregon, but in all aspects he was just delaying the inevitable.
Josh Jackson has yet to be picked by a NBA team in the NBA Draft, but he will most likely be a top five pick. He has shown what he can do in college even if he never achieved that one national title. If Jackson can stay out of trouble like he did sometimes in college, he could definitely be a franchise player for one lucky team.
The Kansas Jayhawks have quite the history when it comes to the “one and done” players of college basketball. One thing we can see though is that this strategy doesn’t always work out well for the team. That, of course, leads to frustration from the fans when they see these talented players move on to the NBA without bringing home the hardware for KU.