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Lakers Conduct Individual Workouts With De’Aaron Fox – Josh Jackson

DE'AARON FOX

The Los Angeles Lakers conducted individual workouts on Tuesday with Kansas wing Josh Jackson and Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox. The Lakers hold the second overall pick in this months NBA Draft.

Many believe Lonzo Ball is a lock as the second pick. Ball worked out for the Lakers last week in an individual setting. But Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report wrote that, “Ball didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Fox has intriguing speed and an ability to attack the rim against just about anyone but lacks a consistent outside game. Jackson has crazy athleticism, can play multiple positions but his shot continues to be a concern.

Tuesday Fox told reporters that he’s up for the challenge of the next level.

“I just attack everyone,” Fox told reporters on Tuesday. “No matter who’s in front of you — no matter if it’s defense, offense, rebounding. Every aspect of the game, I just feel like I attack it.”

“They pretty much know I can play point guard, kind of have a mid-range game, floaters, I can defend,” Fox continued. “So I just try to go in and prove the things people don’t think I can do. But at the end of the day, I’m gonna have to go in and perform in games. What happens in the workout doesn’t really matter.”

Fox is projected as the fourth overall pick to the Phoenix Suns, according to DraftExpress. In his one season at Kentucky, the First Team All-SEC member averaged 16.7 points hitting 47.9% from the field, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 29.6 minutes per outing.

For Kansas sensation Josh Jackson, this was the second workout for the Lakers. Asked how he felt about being asked back.

“I was excited,” Jackson stated to Lakers reporters. “I was all for it. Of course, I’m not gonna tell them no. It was just an honor to be here today. I just want to thank the whole organization for having me.”

“The one up in Sacramento I was training with my trainer a little bit, so I was doing a few things I was used to doing and I was kind of in my comfort zone back then,” Jackson explained when asked about the differences in the two workouts. “But today I kind of got out of my comfort zone a little bit working out with their training staff. I thought both went pretty good.”

Jackson averaged 16.3 points on 51.3% from the field, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 30.8 minutes per outing. He is currently projected as the number three pick to the Philadelphia 76’ers.

Both Jackson and Fox have been invited to the June 22 NBA Draft Green Room.

The top five picks in the June Draft are:

  1. Celtics
  2. Lakers
  3. 76’ers
  4. Suns
  5. Kings

 

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