Who is Reggie Jackson? He is not, in fact, Mr. October.
(I bet he just loves everybody making that connection.)
He played three years at Boston College, averaging 18.2 points and 4.5 assists per game his junior season. On top of that, he had some pretty nice percentages: 50.3 percent from the field, 42.0 percent from 3 and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. His junior year, he had an offensive rating of nearly 120. That’s impressive.
He’s long (6-3), super athletic and right-handed. Supposedly, the Miami Heat loved Jackson and wanted to get him at 31, but OKC sniped him, taking him at 24. Why is another question, but it is obvious: Jackson can play. Draft Express’s profile on him:
Though Jackson has been producing at a high-level as a passer and a scorer in the early going, he still has plenty of room to grow to become a legitimate point guard. The Colorado native shows great court vision, is not one to miss an open teammate to take his own shot, and has become extremely adept and scoring and passing in pick and roll situations, but spends a considerable amount of time off the ball where Steve Donahue can best exploit his scoring ability and give his team a dynamic athlete on the wing to complement Joe Trapani’s shot-up shooting and off-ball scoring ability.
Though Jackson looks good handling pressure and has developed into a very solid ball-handler, he isn’t relied upon exclusively to run Donahue’s offense as a facilitator or bring the ball up the floor regularly. While the pieces of the puzzle certainly seem to be there for the talented junior, the development of his draft stock will be influenced heavily by his ability to continue to improve his playmaking skills.