Jaren Jackson Jr. scores 29 in Grizzlies debut
Former MSU forward Jaren Jackson Jr., last month’s No.4 draft pick, racked up 29 points during his first summer league NBA game on July 2 for the Memphis Grizzlies over 23 minutes of play.
Jackson Jr. was competing against the No. 5 draft pick, former Oklahoma guard Trae Young, who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. During Jackson Jr.'s one season at MSU, within 35 games, he grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game, as well as averaging 10.9 points and three blocks. Jackson Jr. and the Grizzlies defeated the Hawks, 103-88.
During the game, he impressed viewers with a Hail Mary three-pointer at the halftime buzzer. He shot 8 of 13 from deep on the night, looking to provide valuable floor spacing for the Grizzlies at power forward.
Some worry over Jackson Jr.’s potential stems from his fouling issues in college; while at MSU he averaged 8.6 fouls per 100 possessions. In the game against the Hawks, Jackson Jr. avoided picking up any fouls, while still holding firm on the defensive end, picking up two blocks.