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Thunder selects Boston College guard Reggie Jackson with No. 24 pick

The Thunder selected Boston College guard Reggie Jackson with the 24th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: June 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm •  Published: June 23, 2011

This is what the NBA Draft becomes when you're no longer in the lottery.

Home runs are replaced by singles and bunts. Slam dunks are replaced by chest passes and charges.

With the 24th overall pick Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder came away with Reggie Jackson, a 6-3 guard out of Boston College.

It's a selection that has everything to do with tomorrow rather than today.

Jackson, who averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals as a junior with the Eagles, also isn't a player who will threaten to take anyone else's spot. One report early Thursday morning claimed the Thunder was seeking to package reserve point guard Eric Maynor to move into the top 15 for a shot at Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas. But that report was one example of many unsubstantiated rumors that annually get tossed around on draft night.

“The draft pick tonight has absolutely no reflection on the group of guys that we have in place,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “Specifically with Eric, we love Eric Maynor. He's a huge part of our team. He's probably a bigger part of the team than people recognize. The growth that we've seen in him is not just promising it's really encouraging to see where he's come from when he first arrived in the trade.”

Jackson gives the Thunder additional depth at the guard position behind starter Russell Westbrook and Maynor.

Jackson is more of a scoring guard than a pure point guard. He has a 7-foot wingspan and complements his long arms with great speed.

“He's got an explosive first step and it's really difficult to stay in front of the kid,” said ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas after Jackson was announced as the selection. “He's good with runners and floaters when he's slashes to the basket.”

Jackson improved his perimeter shooting in his final year, going from 29.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc as a sophomore to 42 percent on 169 attempts.

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