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2011 NBA Draft Prospects: Rick Jackson Of SU

<strong>Rick Jackson</strong> of Syracuse University is hoping to be drafted in Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Rick Jackson of Syracuse University is hoping to be drafted in Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Rick Jackson, the former Syracuse University big man, has done all he can at this point to show NBA teams that he is worthy of being selected Thursday in the 2011 NBA Draft. Jackson has reportedly gone through pre-draft workouts for nine NBA teams.

Jackson, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward, is looked at as a potential late second-round selection. Draft Express ranks Jackson as the 65th best draft prospect in the nation and the No. 20 big man available. Pro Draft Central ranks Jackson 15th among power forwards.

Here is more on Jackson from Draft Express:

Looking forward, Jackson brings a solid, well-rounded game to the table, but may not stand out enough with one exceptional skill to find a role in the NBA initially. His work ethic, learning curve, and overall approach to the game are pluses, and it also helps that he'd have to be considered one of the most well-conditioned bigs in the draft considering he averaged more minutes per game than any other big man in our database this past season. He should have a chance to get drafted towards the end of the second round and make a team's roster as a high-energy body, but will likely need to continue developing to find a long-term niche.

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