Josh Jackson smiled as his mother, Apples Jones, planted a kiss on his cheek, the former Kansas guard and his family members noticeably pleased Thursday night upon hearing from commissioner Adam Silver he’d been selected by the Phoenix Suns as the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. “I’m pretty excited to be a Phoenix Sun,” the 6-foot-8 Jackson said of a team that last reached the playoffs in 2010. “I know they are a pretty young team. I think that’s really special though, because coming in I think we can learn a lot together and over the years we can be something really special and just being able to grow together, I think that’ll make our team chemistry a lot better.” Jackson joins a team in the midst of a rebuilding process. The one-and-done college player joins Devin Booker, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender as key pieces on a squad that ranked as one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams in 2016-17. “I think I bring toughness, versatility, being able to guard one through four on the defensive end and also being able to play one through four on the offensive end, and as I watch today’s NBA basketball, versatility is probably the most important thing in this league today,” Jackson said. “I think it’ll be really special.” Jackson said he also appreciated the fact his college coach, Bill Self, attended the proceedings.
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Kansas City Star | Jun 23