Does a great job of establishing his presence in the paint
Active on the boards
Good arsenal of moves on the block
Uses pump fakes to get defenders in the air
At best when operating along the baseline
Handling double teams down low
Good passer off the block
Free throw shooting
Doesn't have great athleticism or explosiveness
Played all zone in college; doesn't have a lot of man-to-man defensive experience against bigger bodies
Summary: Jackson has turned into a double-double machine in his senior season which has increased his chances of being a second-round pick in 2011. However, his lack of a step-out game on the offensive end could mean he goes undrafted and has to try to make a roster the hard way.
Player Comparison: Darnell Jackson. I really do not see Rick Jackson being anything more than an additional body on the roster to add depth up front if he even makes a team. Darnell has a little bigger body but had a similar collegiate career in that he was a solid role player due to his physicality and rebounding which is what makes Rick a solid player at Syracuse. Darnell will never be a significant contributor in the NBA, and I do not see Rick making a major splash either unless he develops a face-up game.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.