Reggie Jackson had a lifelong dream fulfilled on Thursday night when NBA commisioner David Stern spoke one sentence: "With the 24th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Reggie Jackson."
"Well obviously I'm ecstatic, I've been drafted in the first round by a great organization and I feel truly blessed," Jackson said. "I'm pretty excited about going to a team that can win a championship for many years. (via Boston Herald)
Jackson, who as a junior last season averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds at Boston College, enjoyed his time in Chestnut Hill, but knew that it was time to take his game to the next leve.
"I loved BC, I loved my experience there but I felt that this was the best time to pursue my NBA dream."
Not only does Jackson get the chance to play with one of the NBA's rising superstars, Kevin Durant, but also one of the league's top offensive point guards in Russell Westbrook.
"I have watched him and he is somebody I can help on the attack and take some pressure off him," Jackson said. "I have to work hard on my shot and I need to improve my defensive approach. I'm focused on helping out on defense and fine-tuning my shot into their offense."