Jaren Jackson Jr.
Jaren Walter Jackson Jr. (born September 15, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans. He was selected by Memphis with the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft.
He is the son of former professional basketball coach and former NBA player Jaren Jackson.
|No. 13 – Memphis Grizzlies|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||September 15, 1999 (age 22)
Plainfield, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|High school||Park Tudor (Indianapolis, Indiana)
La Lumiere School (La Porte, Indiana)
|College||Michigan State (2017–2018)|
|NBA draft||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
High school career
Jackson started his high school career with Park Tudor School. He played varsity for three years, where he averaged 10 points a game, 6 rebounds a game, and 3 blocks a game. Jackson won two IHSAA state basketball championships while at Park Tudor. He was teammates with former Xavier University standout and current New Orleans Pelicans two-way player Trevon Bluiett. He then transferred to La Lumiere School for his senior year, where he started for their varsity squad.
On September 15, 2016, Jaren Jackson Jr. announced his intentions to play for Tom Izzo at Michigan State. He signed the letter of intent on November 9, 2016. Jackson would make his collegiate debut on November 10, 2017, recording 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a blowout 98–66 win over the North Florida Ospreys.
On February 13, he would put up a career-high 27 points in a blowout 87–57 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. At the end of the regular season for Michigan State, he would be named both the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, and the All-Big Ten’s Third Team. On April 2, Jackson would declare his entry into the 2018 NBA draft, where he was considered a potential top-tier lottery selection.
Memphis Grizzlies (2018–present)
On June 21, 2018, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 1, 2018, he signed a multi-year, rookie scale contract with the Grizzlies.
On March 29, 2019, Jackson was shut down for the remainder of the season due to a deep bruise to his right thigh. On January 30, 2020, Jackson was suspended for one game without pay for leaving the bench during an altercation between the Grizzlies and the New York Knicks.
On April 21, 2021, Jackson made his return, putting up 15 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
On October 18, 2021, Jackson signed a four-year $105 million extension with the Grizzlies.
National Team Career
Jackson helped the United States of America’s under-17 basketball team win the gold medal at the FIBA 2016 World Championships; in which he scored two points and had six rebounds. He averaged 4.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocked shots, and shot 53 percent from the field.
He was a member of the USA Junior National Select Team that participated in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. Coming off the bench, Jackson tallied 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 25 minutes of play.