Jaren Jackson Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans. He was selected 4th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018 NBA draft.He is the son of former professional basketball coach and former NBA player Jaren Jackson.
Jackson was considered one of the top players in the 2017 graduating class, He was invited to partake in the McDonald's All-American Game played on March 29, 2017
Jackson made his college basketball debut on November 10, 2017, recording 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a blowout 98–66 win over the North Florida Ospreys. On February 13, he put up a career-high 27 points in a blowout 87–57 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
He was named both the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, He was also named in the Big Ten's All-Freshman Team and the All-Big Ten's Third Team.