Kentucky pulled out their second win in a row last night, defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores in another close one down the stretch 82-78.
In this little two-game spirt in which UK has came out victorious after losing four in a row, freshman forward Isaiah Jackson has been a monster when on the court. Spectators have seen flashes of Jackson’s ability here and there throughout the season, but the last two outings prove why he is considered a possible lottery pick in the minds of NBA Draft experts.
In UK’s 82-80 victory over Auburn on Saturday, the freshman phenom had 18 points on 5/8 shooting from the floor (8/11 from the free throw line) while adding 11 boards, two blocks and a near poster:
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Even though it was after the whistle, that dunk would have blown the roof off of many Kentucky homes if he made it.
Following that performance, Jackson put up 15 points on 5/5 shooting from the floor (5/6 from the free throw line) while adding nine rebounds and two blocks once again. He fouled out with around five minutes to go, but his impact was immense on both sides of the floor.
“Isaiah’s playing so good right now, and rebounding every ball,” UK Head Coach John Calipari said after the game.
Kentucky now ranks first in the nation with 6.35 blocks per game after totaling 11 last night, and that has a lot to do with Jackson, who stacks up as 11th in the country with 2.70 per outing. His pure athleticism and defensive instincts make his ceiling quite high, and with a growing offensive assertion in his game, the freshman will probably add his name to Calipari’s list of one-and-dones.