Reggie Jackson of Boston College has had one of the more interesting NBA Draft experiences. Experts once pegged Jackson a potential high first-round pick, but recent uncertainty surrounding Jackson's health has resulted in some experts dropping him out of the first round entirely.
It's not a question of Jackson's talent - he's a terrific combo guard that, with some time, could become a productive NBA player. The uncertainty surrounding Jackson has been generated by him and his team alone.
Jackson is reportedly recovering from a "minor procedure" on his knee. Jackson also cancelled his remaining workouts with NBA teams, leading to speculation that he is either recovering or has received a promise from an NBA team to draft him if he is still available.
Apparently the Celtics aren't concerned about Jackson's minor surgery, as a source told Sports Illustrated that Jackson won't get past Boston, which picks 25th.
It wouldn't be totally shocking to see the Celtics draft Jackson, as C's general manager Danny Ainge attended several of Jackson's games at Conte Forum this season.
However, Jackson doesn't exactly fill an immediate need for Boston. Avery Bradley, the Celtics' first round draft pick last season, plays the same position as Jackson and has received high praise from Danny Ainge.
Another team rumored to have given Jackson a promise is the Miami Heat (Can you imagine Jackson playing with LeBron James?). In addition, the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Jersey Nets have been rumored to have interest in Jackson.
Chad Ford of ESPN has denied reports about the Celtics and Nets being interested, saying the Heat are to top suitor.
ESPN's Chad Ford debunks the Celtics, Blazers and even the Nets (pick 27) as possibilities for Jackson and stated on Twitter that, "It's (the) Heat at 31," which covets Jackson the most. (via The Gazette)
Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for BC last season.