This professional basketball thing just may work out for Jaren Jackson Jr.
The former Michigan State star made a splash in his NBA summer league debut on Monday night, hitting eight 3-pointers and tallying 29 points in just 23 minutes.
“I definitely felt hot at different points in the game, but my teammates found me in the right spots,” Jackson told NBATV after the game. “I was just blessed they went in. It kind of felt surreal a little bit.”
Jackson finished 8-for-13 for 3-point range. None of those 3’s were more impressive than the nearly half court buzzer beater at the end of the first half.
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Jackson’s effort helped the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-88 win over Atlanta in the opening game of the NBA summer league.
Jackson was the No. 4 overall pick of the Grizzlies in last month’s NBA draft, following one year spent at Michigan State.
Jackson played alongside former Michigan State big man Deyonta Davis, who scored four points in 19 mi nutes.
Two other former Michigan State players are scheduled to take part in the NBA summer league: Miles Bridges with the Charlotte Hornets and Travis Trice with the Milwaukee Bucks.