The 6-foot-8, 207-pound Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 points per game for the Jayhawks while shooting 51.3 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent from 3-point range. But the best part of his game is arguably on the defensive end, as he also averaged 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, leading his team in both categories.
"I think I can bring a lot of defensive versatility, offensive versatility," Jackson told ESPN after he was selected, adding he can defend multiple positions.
Jackson was the No. 1 rated collegiate prospect in the 2016 class. The final three schools he considered playing for were Kansas, Arizona and Michigan State. UA coach Sean Miller spent a countless number of hours pursuing the star out of Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California.
But ultimately, Jackson chose the Jayhawks. He guided Kansas to the 2016-17 regular-season Big 12 championship and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
3. He's had some off-court problems.
Fair or not, expect some to bring Jackson's character in question as he heads to Phoenix. In February, Jackson was charged with criminal damage for allegedly kicking a female basketball player's car in December. In March, court documents revealed Jackson allegedly threatened to "beat" her. Jackson was later suspended for a Big 12 Tournament game "as punishment for an accumulation of embarrassing incidents," according to ESPN.
"I don't think it really represents who I am," Jackson said Thursday night. "You know, I made a mistake that day. I did. I admitted to it from day one when it was brought up.
"I think the whole situation was really blown out of proportion, just because I am who I am. Reporters want to make a story and get themselves a name. But everyone who was close to the situation and everyone who I've talked to about it, they know exactly what happened that day ... But I have owned up to the mistake I made and I accept the responsibility of it from day one."