Josh Jackson, a forward and the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has scored 39 points in three preseason games for the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns have two games remaining on their preseason schedule and start the regular season on Oct. 18 at home against the Portland Trail Blazers.

ESPN will carry a one-hour special, NBA Rookies: The Introduction, on Thursday at 5 p.m. It’s an in-depth look at several of the top 2017 NBA Draft picks through on-site, one-on-one interviews with ESPN NBA analysts, according to a press release. This includes an interview with Jackson, a 2016 Justin-Siena High School graduate who played for Napa-based Prolific Prep Academy and last year for the University of Kansas.

Jackson was among the early entries for the NBA Draft. He is averaging 13 points on 46.9 percent shooting from the floor and 24.7 minutes per game during the preseason.

He was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team in July after averaging 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.20 steals and 1.00 blocks per game.

There were 67 games played over 11 days in the Summer League, which had 24 NBA teams. It was a tournament-style format.

Jackson was the 2017 Big 12 Freshman of the Year at Kansas. He was a Wooden All-America selection, first-team All-Big 12, a seven-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honoree, and a two-time Big 12 Player of the Week selection.

He was selected third-team on The Associated Press All-America Team. He was named as a Freshman All-America by the Sporting News.

He broke or tied four Kansas freshman records, including double-doubles (12), rebounds (tied Danny Manning’s 258 set in 1985), field goals made (220) and field goals attempted (429), the school announced.

Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Kansas (31-5 overall, 16-2 Big 12). He led the Jayhawks – who won a 13th straight regular-season Big 12 title and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament – with 59 steals and 37 blocked shots.

After leading Detroit Consortium College Prep School to its first state title in 2014, averaging 28 points, 15 rebounds and six assists per game, Jackson transferred to Justin-Siena and played two years for Prolific Prep. The Crew plays a national tournament schedule.

As a senior at Prolific Prep, he averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game during the 2015-16 season.

As a junior at Prolific Prep, he averaged 31.2 points, 17.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game.


Jason Anthony of Fairfield lost Wednesday in a Round-of-32 match, falling to medalist Bradford Tilley of Easton, Connecticut, 3 and 2, at the 37th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta.

Anthony is a Justin-Siena graduate. He played golf for the Braves, Napa Valley College and Fresno State.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is a U.S. Golf Association national championship for golfers who are least 25 years of age.


Scott McCarron continues the PGA Tour Champions’ season with this week’s SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina.

McCarron, a Vintage High graduate, is second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

The regular season concludes this week. The 72-player field will be finalized for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, which starts the following week with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia.

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the