Source: Celts Have Given Guarantee to Jackson

Our spies have informed us that Celts exec Danny Ainge is so impressed with BC point guard Reggie Jackson that he’s already guaranteed the Celts will take him with the 25th pick in this year’s draft. Ainge personally was on hand for a number of Jackson’s game, and is a tremendous fan. The problem for the C’s is that Jackson’s stock is soaring and the thoughts from scouts everywhere is that he will be long gone by then meaning that Boston will have to trade up to select him.

“Danny’s already guaranteed him,” a source close to Jackson’s camp told TKB. “He saw a ton of games at BC this year.”

Interesting.

What does this mean for the Knicks, who will be seeing the BC point guard tomorrow at the showcase they are sharing with the Nets and Rockets in New Jersey? Good question. Some feel that the Knicks need through the draft is the best big available, while others are torn that PG may be the way to go. They most certainly need defense ahead of scoring, but from all the people I’ve talked to who have been watching Jackson, and what I’ve seen myself, he’s right up there with the top second tier PGs in this draft.

I’m a huge fan.

Here’s the list of players working out this weekend.
SATURDAY
Olu Ashaolu, F, 6-7, 220, Louisiana Tech
Deangelo Casto, F, 6-8, 231, Washington State
Mamadou Diarra, C, 7-0, 240, USC
Kim English, G/F, 6-6, 200, Missouri
Diante Garrett, G, 6-4, 190, Iowa State
Ashton Gibbs, G, 6-2, 190, Pittsburgh
Troy Gillenwater, F, 6-7, 225, New Mexico State
Josh Harrellson, C, 6-10, 275, Kentucky
Tu Holloway, G, 6-0, 185, Xavier
Scotty Hopson, G/F, 6-6, 195, Tennessee
Reggie Jackson, G, 6-3, 208, Boston College
Terrence Jennings, F, 6-9, 220, Louisville
Orlando Johnson, G, 6-5, 205, UC Santa Barbara
Reggie Johnson, C, 6-10, 303, Miami
Cory Joseph, G, 6-3, 170, Texas
DeAndre Liggins, G, 6-6, 180 Kentucky
Guy-Marc Michel, C, 7-0, 270 Indiana
Jamine Peterson, F, 6-6, 230, Providence/ New Mexico (D-League)
Carleton Scott, F, 6-8, 218, Notre Dame
John Shurna, F, 6-8, 210, Northwestern
Hollis Thompson, F, 6-7, 205, Georgetown
Mychel Thompson, F, 6-8, 200, Pepperdine

SUNDAY
Jeff Allen, F, 6-7, 258, Virginia Tech
Jon Diebler, G, 6-6, 200, Ohio State
Lacedarius Dunn, G, 6-4, 200, Baylor
Mustapha Farrakhan, G, 6-4, 181, Virginia
Gary Flowers, F, 6-8, 214, Southern Mississippi
Austin Freeman, G, 6-4, 195, Georgetown
Andrew Goudelock, G, 6-2, 200, College of Charleston
Jerai Grant, F, 6-8, 220, Clemson
Cory Higgins, G, 6-5, 185, Colorado
Justin Holiday, F, 6-6 185, Washington
Rick Jackson, F, 6-9, 240, Syracuse
Delroy James, F, 6-8, 220, Rhode Island
Ravern Johnson, F, 6-7, 205, Mississippi State
Kevin Jones, F, 6-8, 248, West Virginia
Ralph Sampson III, C, 6-11, 241, Minnesota
Damian Saunders, F, 6-7, 205, Duquesne
Xavier Silas, G, 6-5, 200, Northern Illinois
Greg Smith, F/C, 6-10, 250, Fresno State
Julyan Stone, G, 6-7, 200, UTEP
Malcolm Thomas, F, 6-8, 220, San Diego State
Isaiah Thomas, G, 5-8, 180, Washington
Chris Wright, G, 6-1, 180, Georgetown

A player of note who’s progression may be worth keeping an eye on is Ralph Sampson III, who improved light years this season at Minnesota. He’s gone from undraftable to flying on to radars. I had the chance to see both Rick Jackson of Syracuse and College of Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock at Portsmouth and both were impressive players who may have moved themselves into the 2nd round.