NBA Draft: Why Texas A&M basketball’s Quenton Jackson will be a steal

Quenton Jackson, Texas A&M basketball (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Quenton Jackson, Texas A&M basketball (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M basketball team could be described with one word throughout the 2021-22 season — underrated. The Aggies started the season with a 15-2 record; they wouldn’t be ranked in the AP Top-25. They’d stumble through a losing streak before winning eight of their last ten en route to an SEC Tournament appearance.

Still, no respect.

The peak of the Aggie disrespect happened when Texas A&M was left out of the NCAA Tournament despite an impressive resume. It’s still unexplainable to this day. Add at the center of an underrated team, you’ll find one of the most underrated players in the entire country — Quenton Jackson.

Texas A&M basketball star Quenton Jackson is lining up to be a steal in the NBA Draft (or as an undrafted free agent)

The NBA Draft can be extremely unpredictable. With the regular season still in full swing at the professional level, it’s hard to say where Quenton Jackson is projected in the 2022 NBA Draft. One thing that seems inevitable, however, is that he’ll drop further than he deserves.

After all, Jackson is a super senior point guard at a school that missed out on the NCAA Tournament. I won’t ramble on about it for too long but an Aggie appearance in the big dance would have given their star point guard a huge boost in the eyes of NBA scouts.

Unfortunately, Jackson wouldn’t get that opportunity. Still, Jackson looks like an NBA player out on the court.

The Aggie point guard is the alpha dog of the team. If Texas A&M needs a bucket, Jackson can put his head down and get to the basket — it’s uncommon that he doesn’t either score or reach the free-throw line. Every time he’s out on the court at the college level, he’s the most athletic guy out there and he has the height to match at 6’5″.

He’s averaging 14.6 points per game, leading the team. He’s shooting with respectable shooting splits at 48.9% from the field, 82.6% from the free-throw line, and 34.7% from the three-point line.

Defensively, Jackson is better than most. He can fit into a system and despite often exhausting himself on offense, he knows how to make an impact defensively. The Aggie point guard averages 1.8 steals per game — that leads the team.

Texas A&M quietly made history on Wednesday night. dark. Next

Jackson is projected by some to be a late second-round pick and has the potential to go undrafted. Mark my words — he’ll find success in the NBA.