2. Andre Jackson Jr., Connecticut Huskies
Jackson is the 40th-ranked player on ESPN’s Jonathan Givony’s big board.
He’s part of the new wave of tall, long, pass-first point guards to enter the league in recent seasons. He’s an athletic 6-6 and uses that size and athleticism well as a versatile defender who can shut down both wings and forwards.
In UConn’s four games this tournament, he has 31 assists and 28 rebounds.
He’s excellent at crashing the defensive glass and immediately getting his team started on the break. The 21-year-old uses his court vision to find open teammates anywhere on the floor.
He’s just as efficient doing that in a half-court setting; he’s a smart player who keeps the Huskies offense humming.
Similar to Miller, Jackson isn’t a threat from the outside; he has trouble scoring points in general.
The Blazers, though, could use someone in Jackson’s mold – a long, athletic, defensive-minded, pass-first point guard – to pair with the limited size and defensive skills of Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons.