While a couple of his teammates have already declared for the NBA Draft, Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to contemplate his future.
According to Jackson’s father, Jaren Jackson Sr., the family has not set a timetable for a decision, saying only that it will come before the early entry deadline, which is at 11:59 p.m. on April 22.
“We are having great ongoing family conversations as Jaren Jr. thinks about his opportunities ahead,” the elder Jackson said in a text message Thursday night. “We are so proud of him to be in this position to have a true choice.”
On Wednesday, sophomore Miles Bridges announced he was forgoing his final two seasons at Michigan State to enter the draft and has hired an agent. Earlier on Thursday, sophomore Nick Ward said he was submitting his name for the draft but will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return to Michigan State.
Jackson, projected as a potential top-five pick, is coming off a freshman season in which he set a Michigan State record for blocks in a season with 106. The 6-foot-11 forward was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaging 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and three blocks.