The Kansas basketball team suffered a crushing loss to the Oregon Ducks and were jettisoned from the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Saturday evening.
The surprising defeat left payers in the Kansas locker room feeling dejected and unfulfilled, perhaps even with a sense of unfinished business for some of the the Jayhawks players. Josh Jackson might fall into that category, as he described the exit for the Jayhawks as one of the hardest of his career, and left him wondering what he might decide to do about next season.
While many consider Jackson to be one of the top prospects eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, he is non-committal on whether he will return to Kansas or go pro.
This comes as a surprise considering Jackson is considered to be one of the top picks in the draft if he were to declare himself eligible.
It can’t be understated how devastating the loss to Oregon was. Kansas was considered a favorite to win the tournament and a loss in the Elite Eight can only be considered an early exit for such a deep and talented team.
The fact that Jackson was reeling immediately after the game is easily understood.
In all likelihood, though, Jackson will decide to move into the professional phase of his career. His talented likely warrants a top three selection, possibly first overall, and it is becoming increasingly rare for student-athletes to pass on that type of payday and stay in school. He might be unsure following a heart-breaking loss, but the writing is on the wall.
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