Josh Jackson is a pro-American basketball shooting keeper/small striker associated with the Pheonix Suns of the NBA. The outstanding player was selected in the 2017 draft after only one season of giant strides with the Kansas University basketball team. Interestingly, Jackson is a very creative player and his versatility has made him an asset to the Suns.
The amazing basketball player also represents the United States national team in international competitions. Jackson was part of the U19 team of the United States that won gold medals at the 2015 FIBA World Championship in Greece and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai. Read more about his biography, NBA career, measurements, and other interesting facts below.
Josh Jackson Bio
The Shooting Guard was born Joshua O’Neal Jackson on February 10, 1997, in San Diego, California. His mother, Apple Jones, is a black American and served in the US Navy. There is no information about his biological father, but he was raised by his stepfather, Clarence Jones. Josh inherited his wonderful skills from his mother; she played basketball while studying at the University of Texas. Jackson’s stepfather is also a basketball player and he died in 2014 while competing in a tournament in Las Vegas.
Coming from a sporting background, Jackson also developed a passion for basketball at a very young age. He attended College Prep School in Detroit, Michigan, where he played basketball for two seasons before transferring to Justin-Siena High School for the remaining two seasons of his high school career.
During his high school career, Josh won the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and was named to the McDonald’s All-American team in 2016. In the same year, he also participated in the Nike Hoop Summit. At the end of his high school career, Josh received a five-star rating as a college candidate from leading sports websites.
Jackson continued to enroll in the University of Kansas for his college career. He is undoubtedly one of the most decorated freshmen in the history of Kansas basketball. He finished the season with a record of 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 16.3 points per game. At the end of the season, he was elected to the All-American Freshman Team, the first-team All-Big 12, the All-American Third Team, and the All-American Second Team. In equal parts, he won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, while giving up the remaining three seasons of his college career to enter the NBA in 2017.
Jackson was listed among the top prospects for the 2017 draft and he showed an impressive performance during the NBA combine trials. However, during the draft, he was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the draft. He was the fourth player selected behind Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, and Markelle Fultz.
After signing with the Suns in July 2017, Josh Jackson made his first appearance for the Suns in the NBA Summer League, where he averaged 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 17.4 points per game. Following his outstanding performance, Jackson was appointed to the All-SUmmer Lague First Team that year. The player also made his first NBA appearance against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 18, 2017.
Jackson also gave an offensive hand signal to his opponent’s fans, which later cost him a $35,000 penalty. He scored 17 points in their win over Oklahoma City Thunder in January 2018. On his 50th birthday, Jackson played the best game of his rookie season and finished it with a total of seven rebounds, five assists, and 20 points against the Denver Nuggets. At the end of the 2017/18 season, Josh Jackson averaged 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 13.1 points per game and was appointed to the All-Rookie Second Team for his great performance.
Who is Josh Jackson’s Girlfriend?
Josh Jackson has been associated with a relationship with a lady named Kysre Gondrezick. Like Jackson, Kysre is a basketball player who currently plays for the West Virginia Mountaineers women’s basketball team. She has previously played for the state of Michigan and was awarded the Michigan Miss Basketball Award in 2016. The female basketball prodigy was born on July 27, 1997, the son of Grant Gondrezick and his wife Lisa Harvey-Gondrezick. Kysre came from an athletic family; her father played professional basketball for the Phoenix Suns from 1986 to 1998, while her mother played for Louisiana Tech. Her younger sister, Kalabrya, also plays college basketball at Michigan State University.
However, the two have been together for some time, although they have not yet confirmed their relationship. They have been seen together several times in public places and events. Although the duo is currently focused on reaching the pinnacle of their career, we hope that they will very soon form a bond for life as we wish them the best in their relationship.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The fast-rising NBA star has distinguished himself as a player with exceptional playing skills. His versatility has made him a key player who fits into any team both as a small striker and as a shooting guard. Jackson has an incredible height of 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and a body weight of 200 lbs (91 kg). In addition, he has a wingspan of 2.08 m (6 feet 8 inches) and is characterized by his Afro hairstyle and slim build.