Kansas Jayhawks forward Josh Jackson was too real for the rim on this sensational slam, bringing the Sprint Center into a tremor of pure elation.
The Kansas Jayhawks took a 47-40 lead over the Purdue Boilermakers into halftime of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 game. It was a mostly Kansas crowd, as the Regional Finals were being played at the Sprint Center in nearby Kansas City.
It was tight for most of the first half before Kansas went on a 22-7 run to close out the half. Likely 2017 NBA Draft Lottery pick in Kansas forward Josh Jackson unleashed this haymaker of a slam to get the entire Sprint Center rocking.
Jackson was fed the rock out near the corner three. He took a few dribbles and then lifted off the hardwood like he was Thor about to use that hammer of his. The elevation that Jackson got on this jam made it abundantly clear that he will be a top-five pick in this summer’s NBA Draft should he leave school early.
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If that proves to be the case, Jackson might be the first non-point guard taken in this upcoming draft. He and Duke Blue Devils forward Jayson Tatum are considered to be the premier frontcourt of this draft class.
While Tatum’s Blue Devils were eliminated last weekend by the South Carolina Gamecocks in Greenville, Jackson’s Jayhawks are still alive for a national title. In their first two games of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas was the most impressive team.
The Jayhawks are peaking at the right time, as head coach Bill Self has his team pushing for possibly his second title since coming to Lawrence. Point guard Frank Mason may be the Jayhawks’ best player, but Jackson proved he is the best NBA talent currently on the Jayhawks roster.