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Former KU star Josh Jackson threw a truly terrible ceremonial first pitch

“We thought Josh Jackson was the best player in the draft”, McDonough said.While it’s the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James at the top of the National Basketball Association picture followed by everyone else, the Suns have positioned themselves well to be the next team on the rise at the start of the new decade.But the moment was all worth it, Jackson said.Jackson becomes the first local product to be chosen in the National Basketball Association draft since 2014 when Pleasant Groves C.J. Wilcox was taken by the LA Clippers.The 19-year old who played just one season with the Blue Devils converted 39 percent of his 3-pointers, becoming an efficient perimeter weapon, complementing his ability to attack the basket.But the team struggled to get him in for pre-draft workout. “I’m excited about it”.Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Kansas (31-5 overall, 16-2 Big 12).Prior to that, Jackson’s Lone Peak career included heights not seen in a Utah prep standout in more than a decade.If Jackson would have been smart, he would have floated the ball like a Big Baller.The pitch from Jackson was not good. “He can play both guard spots”.With the selection of Smith, the team has their cornerstone player to go alongside Barnes if the point guard’s high upside can come through and they are expected to be as aggressive as always in free agency. Jackson took it in stride and laughed at himself, though.Jackson helped Lone Peak win its fourth-straight state championship – the first 5A school to do so in state history – as a sophomore in 2014 when he averaged 17.9 points a year after transferring from Lehi.”It’s one of the things I love most about the game – competing and winning”.And, well, uh, let’s just say this won’t be on the Josh Jackson highlight reel when we look back at his career. “This has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I want to take it and run with it”.