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Likely top-5 pick Jaren Jackson declares for NBA draft

Illinois v Michigan State

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 20: Jaren Jackson Jr. #2 of the Michigan State Spartans during a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Breslin Center on February 20, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

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This was expected. Even before Jaren Jackson set foot in East Lansing — he was always a one-and-done candidate.

Jackson has made the expected official.

Jackson will be drafted in the top five come June, maybe as high as third. He is a prototypical modern NBA big man — he can score inside or knock down the three ball, defensively protect the rim or switch onto guys on the perimeter. He could be a real impact player in the NBA.