BIOGRAPHY: Jackson waited patiently through his first three years at Kansas to get a shot at a starting role, and he embraced that opportunity as a senior. He averaged a single season-best 11.2 points and team-leading 6.7 rebounds, while starting 35 games for the national champion Jayhawks. He might not be a big offensive threat, but Jackson is efficient, averaging 62.6 percent from the field this past season. He has great offensive awareness with a knack for finding the loose ball, especially around the basket, where he has scored the majority of his points. For a player of his size, he utilizes great body control, and that has given him an advantage over taller and more athletic opponents. Jackson also impresses with his gritty and competitive nature, as he is always near the basket for offensive boards. Aside from great inside presence, he has become an accurate dunker, thanks to his good hands and awareness on alley-oop passes. While Jackson is strong inside, he also has range away from the basket. Still, his shooting skills are considered a bit unorthodox. If his offensive improvements from 2007-08 are any indication of his abilities, though, Jackson will likely continue to develop his talents. Defensively, Jackson needs to show he can defend his position at a professional level. He lacks lateral quickness and a bit of effort on that end of the floor. His athleticism and size should provide him an advantage, but his offensive timing hasn't carried over into his defensive play. With a bit of work on the defensive end, Jackson can develop into a top prospect.