South Carolina F GG Jackson declares for 2023 NBA Draft

G.G. Jackson, South Carolina Gamecocks

During an Instagram live, South Carolina Gamecocks forward Gregory “GG” Jackson II announced that he will enter the 2023 NBA Draft.

This news comes as no surprise. Jackson was widely expected to be a one-and-done prospect. Out of high school, he was ranked as the sixth-best recruit in the nation by 247Sports Composite.

Jackson’s lone season with the Gamecocks was a mixed bag. He averaged 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks, while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three.

As a team, the Gamecocks struggled, as they finished with a 11-21 overall record.

Jackson is projected by many outlets to be a first-round pick. At the moment, Tankathon has him going 22nd overall in their latest mock draft. The 18-year-old has size, athleticism, and shooting ability. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor compared him to a “nimble Marcus Morris“.

For the Gamecocks, Jackson represents their sixth loss of the offseason. They have already lost five players to the transfer portal.

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