Everybody has expected this but here is the official word from the guy himself.
Kansas forward and projected top-three pick Josh Jackson has declared himself available for the 2017 NBA Draft. Via ESPN:
Jackson signed with former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group.
“After thoroughly consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball,” Jackson said in a statement Monday.
“I am very thankful for all of the support I have received from my coaches and teammates at Kansas,” he said, “and I look forward to starting my career in the NBA.”
Jackson was the nation’s No. 1 recruit when he signed with the Jayhawks out of Prolific Prep Academy in California. He immediately earned a spot in the starting lineup, teaming with national player of the year Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham to form one of the nation’s top backcourts.
“This obviously does not come as a surprise,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “When we recruited Josh we were so fortunate but also knew this would probably be a one-year stay. He has not only surpassed our expectations as a player but also as a leader and a teammate.”
With natural athleticism and ability to slash to the basket — not to mention defensive chops that are rare among freshmen — Jackson quickly established himself as one of the nation’s top draft prospects.
In his lone season with the Jayhawks, Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range.