With the 36th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks took Andre Jackson Jr. from UConn.
The Bucks clearly had their eye on Jackson from afar, as they traded up to land him in a surprise deal with the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee sent out a 2030 second round pick and cash in the deal to acquire pick 36. Most fans are excited about the pick, and understandably so. Truly, Milwaukee’s entire haul from the 2023 draft is pretty captivating, but Jackson is the biggest reason why.
Jackson heard his name called at the draft following a successful three-year run at UConn, where he won a National Championship in 2023. In his three seasons, Jackson was essentially a starter full-time outside of his first year. In that span, he averaged six points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and a steal per contest.
Why Milwaukee Bucks fans should be excited about Andre Jackson Jr.
Due to what he brings to the table, Jackson has a chance to carve out a legitimate role for himself with the Bucks. This team needed more defense, youth, athleticism, and playmaking, and Jackson checks off all of those boxes. Under Coach Adrian Griffin, it seems like player development will be much more prominent for the Bucks moving forward, and getting the best out of Jackson will be on Griffin’s to-do list.
Given his skills, Jackson has drawn comparisons to some notable NBA players. With that said, let us look at some comparisons for the 21-year-old, including a dream, realistic, and floor scenario.