Jaren Jackson or Jaren Walter Jackson Jr. is a professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association who was born on September 15, 199 at Plainfield, New Jersey. The American basketball player is currently signed under the Memphis Grizzlies. He made it with the Grizzlies after being the fourth overall pick during the NBA draft in 2018.
The 6-foot-11-inch Jackson started his amateur basketball career when he enrolled at Park Tudor School. He spent his freshman to junior years in the said school and won the IHSAA state championships. During his senior year, he transferred to La Lumiere School and was also part of their basketball varsity team. In 2017 and during Jackson’s senior year, he was considered as one of the top players in his class and was ranked 5th best player in the country by Scout.com. He was recruited by several recognized programs including Maryland, Purdue, and Indiana as well as Butler Notre Dame and Michigan State. He also became a participant in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game.
As early as September 15, 2016, Jackson had already announced his intent to join Michigan State for his collegiate career in basketball. He made his debut as a varsity player in November 2017. During the end of his freshman year, he was already part of the All-Big Ten’s Third Team, Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, and Big Ten’s Third Team. He was also named the Freshman of the Year. In addition to his outstanding high school and college basketball careers, he was also part of the national team of the United States that won the FIBA 2016 World Championships.
By July of 2018, Jackson signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. There was a time in 2019 and 2020 wherein he experienced some injuries including a torn meniscus and deep bruising on his right thigh. By April of 2021, he fully recovered from these injuries and continued playing with the Grizzlies.
Career Awards and Highlights
- 2018 Third-Team All-Big Ten
- 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
- 2018 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
- 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team