Updated: June 18, 2011 at 12:00 am
Palmer High School product Reggie Jackson is creating a buzz prior to Thursday’s NBA draft, despite not working out with any teams.
The Boston College guard had minor knee surgery last month and has canceled all of his scheduled workouts. Jackson was supposed to be ready to work out by now, and the fact that he isn’t visiting facilities and giving interviews or medical information is “discouraging” teams, according to ESPN.
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.
The website thehoopsreport.com suggests that Jackson isn’t working out with teams because he and his agent must have a draft promise from a team.
The website says multiple unnamed sources suggest that team is Portland, which picks 21st.
Another website, nbadraft.net, has Jackson, who averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game last year as a junior at Boston College, going 24th to Oklahoma City.
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.
With all this rumors swirling around Jackson, it would be unlikely if the area product doesn’t hear his name called at the end of the first round on Thursday night.