The Los Angeles Lakers are still undecided on who they will select with the No. 2 pick in next week’s NBA Draft: Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson.
Ball had been the consensus No. 1 or No. 2 since the NCAA season ended. But things seemed to have changed after he refused to work out for the Celtics, who own the top pick, and was in poor condition for his Lakers work out last week.
“Many qualities have made the Lakers impressed with Ball, including his leadership potential, passing and scoring,” wrote ocregister.com’s Mark Medina. “They are not impressed, however, with his level of conditioning.”
To help make up their mind, LA will have Ball in for a second workout on Friday.
They already had Jackson in for a second look on Tuesday.
“The Lakers have been having a healthy debate on which course to take because they are intrigued by the talents of both players,” wrote the LA Times’ Broderick Turner.
Jackson said the Lakers can’t go wrong whoever they pick among himself, Ball, or Washington super frosh PG Markelle Fultz.
“The point guards in this draft are really, really, really good and are special,” Jackson told latimes.com of Ball and Fultz. “But I don’t think you can really look past anybody in this draft. Point guard or forward, it doesn’t matter. I think this is a really good draft class.”
Ball, a 6-6 point guard, led the nation in assists this season, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.1 rebounds for UCLA, while guiding the Bruins to a 31-5 record (15-3 Pac-12) and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
Jackson, a 6-8 guard/forward was the Kansas’ second leading scorer and rebounder this season, averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 boards, while guiding the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
His 572 points this year were the third-most by a freshman in school history, trailing only Andrew Wiggins (597) and Ben McLemore (589).
Jackson’s 258 rebounds are tied with Danny Manning for most ever by a Jayhawks freshman.
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