(WMC) - Joe Jackson came up through the Memphis ranks with all the expectations fitting a kid who was proclaimed the 'king of Memphis' even before stepping foot on the college hardwood.
Now, after a four year career at Memphis, and a lot of maturing, Jackson is looking to take the next step. Jackson is one of several hopefuls taking part in the first Grizzlies draft workout of the season.
The 6'1 guard and former CUSA Player of the year led the Tigers in scoring, assists, and steals during his senior season last year. There has never been a doubt Jackson had talent, it is more his size, and whether or not that talent would translate into the NBA.
What Jackson is counting on is his shot making ability and speed; the same things that made him star in college.
"I don't think no one can stay in front of me. It's definitely my advantage being lower to the ground, so I just gotta use it thought offense and defense, not just with the ball in my hands. I think speed is probably a big thing," says Jackson.
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger added, "Guy who had a very good college career, I've enjoyed watching him. And a guy who's game may translate even better to the pro level where he's playing a little more space. I was really impressed with him in person, I've seen him play a couple times in person, but mostly on tv. I thought he did great today."
Also in, former Florida Guard Scottie Wilbekin. The 6'3" guard averaged 13.1 points a game last season for the Gators. And Clint Capela, a 6'11" Forward/Center of Switzerland, who's 7'4 wingspan and shot making abilities has drawn comparisons to Thunder star Serge Ibaka.
Grizzlies workouts continue Monday with Former Tiger Tarik Black on the list. Memphis has the number 22 pick in the June 26th draft.