"And those teams who didn't draft me, one day they will be sorry." .
Ainge went with the safe bet, though, spurning the more athletic but more volatile Josh Jackson to take a well-rounded 19-year-old who appeared mature beyond his years as he addressed the media in Brooklyn.
Jackson joins a team facing some uncertainty in the back court.
The players have known one another since middle school and also played together on the St. Louis Eagles AAU team.
"Playing the 4 at Kansas really helped me out a lot", Jackson said during a pre-draft interview.
"They really like Josh because he can bring things to them that they don't have, which is intangible stuff - toughness and defending and blocking shots. That's a good thing", Coach Stevens said.
McDonough said the only real weakness in Jackson's game is his spot-up shooting. "My time at Kansas ... he made (it) awesome for me". Yes, " It's" already been a big week for Jackson and Kansas Basketball. He cared about me as a man. I'm going to be the best player I can be. "I am just excited to get to work and get going".
CONCERNS: The glaring problem came at the line, where he made just 57 percent of his free throws - leaving a lot of points on the board considering he got to the line about five times a game.
Ball then got the wish he and his father, LaVar, wanted all along by staying in Los Angeles, where he starred last season at UCLA. I'm going to be the best player I can be.
I was Team-Jackson for most of the week leading up to the draft, but now I think Tatum is the right pick. "I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there. He has a great body, and while he's only 204 pounds, he carries it really well, with broad shoulders and adequate length (6'11" wingspan) for a wing player. "I think the whole situation was blown out of proportion, just because I am who I am".
Talking about the possibility the Celtics and Ainge could maneuver to get him (for example, Sacramento has the fifth and 10th picks), Smith said, "I know he likes me". Jackson's ability to run the court and play off the ball could make for an interesting dynamic with other explosive athletes like Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker already on the Suns' roster. He did not work out for the Celtics.
Jackson said the incident "wasn't as bad as everybody made it out to be". "The last I checked the game is played two ways".
"I look at it as great opportunity", he said. "That's where I'm the most comfortable." .
Self thinks Jackson will thrive in Phoenix. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
"It's awesome for all of us in this program to see one of our kids realize their dream - and that's to get paid to play in the National Basketball Association, which is the best league in the world", said Prolific Prep head coach Billy McKnight. "I'm happy to be home".