In his first NBA mock draft (insider access required), ESPN.com's Chad Ford has BC's Reggie Jackson going No. 19 overall to the Charlotte Bobcats. Writes Ford:
Analysis: The Bobcats, as we noted, have needs just about everywhere. Jackson might be the biggest sleeper of the draft and should be a great fit in Charlotte. He is a terrific athlete, has a ridiculous 7-foot wingspan and shot the lights out this junior season. He has virtually every quality you look for in a modern NBA point guard.
The biggest question I have is whether he'll even be around at this point once he hits the Chicago combine and workouts. I think he could have a Paul George-type rise in this draft. I wouldn't be shocked to see the Bobcats ultimately considering him at No. 9.
Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Eamon Brennon also looks at Jackson and whether he should stay in the draft. Brennon concludes that Jackson should stay, writing:
Thing is, unless his planned workout goes worse than anyone could imagine, Jackson is likely better off remaining in the draft. Frankly, he should probably stay no matter what.
There are two reasons for this. One, as Chad wrote at the link above (editor's note: here's the link), is Jackson's likely ability to impress scouts in workouts and the NBA draft combine in the next few months. But arguably the most important reason is the situation Jackson would return to if he decided to come back to school.
That "situation" is the rebuilding Boston College Eagles in their second year under Steve Donahue. Simply put: It's going to be a tough season in BC.
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