Big East associate commissioner and former NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson called in to SI Now to talk about the NBA futures of several prospects from his conference.
Jackson and SI’s Maggie Gray discussed the prospect of endorsements for NCAA athletes, which he said is “not any closer to becoming a reality,” before moving on to discussing the NBA futures of Kris Dunn (Providence/Timberwolves) Henry Ellenson (Marquette/Pistons) and Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall/Nets).
“In the rookie season, it’s a bit of a function of opportunity,” Jackson said. “The case of Kris Dunn going to the Timberwolves, [it] seems to be a natural fit. He’s going to a situation behind someone like Ricky Rubio, having the opportunity to learn from a veteran point guard as he eases into the lineup.”
Jackson was bullish on Ellenson’s long-term outlook and also noted Whitehead’s situation in his native Brooklyn.
“Even though he was taken in the second round, it stands he’ll play a big role in the development process,” Jackson said.
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