Joshua O'Neal Jackson is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jackson attended Consortium College Prep School in Detroit, Michigan during his freshman and sophomore years. He moved to Napa, California to attend Justin-Siena High School for his junior and senior years.
In his freshman season, Jackson averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks per game. In his sophomore year, he averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists per game leading the school to their first state title. In his junior year, he averaged 31.2 points and 5.4 assists per game. In his senior year, he averaged 26.9 Points and 13.1 rebounds per game.
In 2016, Jackson participated in the McDonald's All-American Game. He led the team in scoring with 19 points and was named Co-MVP alongside Frank Jackson. He was considered one of the top players in the class of 2016 and was a five-star recruit. Jackson decided to attend the University of Kansas, picking KU over Michigan State and Arizona.
In his freshman season, Jackson showcased his all-around play between scoring, rebounding, play-making, and defending averaging 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. As a result of his performances, he was named as an All-Big 12 First Team member, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and a second-team All-American according to Sporting News.
Jackson was drafted as the 4th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 17.4 points, a team-high 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game at 35.0 minutes per game in five games and was named to the All-Summer League First Team. Jackson would have his best all-around game in his rookie season on his 21st birthday with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and a season-high 4 blocks in a 123–113 loss on the Denver Nuggets. He scored a career-high 36 points coming off the bench against the Golden State Warriors in a 124–109 loss.