Kings 2017 draft results: JUSTIN JACKSON AND HARRY GILES bio
The Sacramento Kings tonight acquired the draft rights to guard-forward Justin Jackson and forward-center Harry Giles from the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for the draft rights to forward-center Zach Collins. Sacramento also selected Frank Mason Jr. with the 34th overall selection, according to General Manager Vlade Divac.
Sacramento selected Collins with the 10th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft before sending the Gonzaga freshman to Portland. In turn, Portland tabbed Jackson and Giles with the 15th and 20th overall selections respectively and traded their rights to the Kings.
A junior out of North Carolina, Jackson averaged 18.3 points, a career-high 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a consensus First Team All-American and ACC Player of the Year while helping lead UNC to the 2017 NCAA Championship. His 239 points scored in the tournament were the second-most in school history. In North Carolina’s six NCAA Tournament wins, Jackson paced the Tar Heels in scoring (19.5 ppg), field goals (41), three-pointers (15), assists (22) and steals (9). He also set a new single-season UNC mark with 105 three pointers made. He joins Rick Fox as the only Heels with 1,600 career points, 150 three-pointers, 400 rebounds and 300 assists.
Mason, a 6-0 guard, averaged 20.9 points (.490 FG%, .471 3pt%, .794 FT%), 5.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals during the Jayhawks’ 31-5 record and Elite Eight campaign—becoming the first player in both Big 12 and Kansas history to average 20.0 points and 5.0 assists for a season. For his efforts, the four-year collegian swept the National Player of the Year awards as a senior, earning honors from the AP, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA), NABC, Sporting News, CBS Sports, USA Today, NBC Sports and Bleacher Report, becoming the first consensus National Player of the Year in Kansas history and just the second Jayhawks player to win the Wooden Award (Danny Manning, 1988). Additionally, Mason was bestowed the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award and Big 12 Player of the Year Award. He concluded his career ranked sixth in KU history in scoring (1,885) and assists (576)—the only player to rank that high in both categories.