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June 13, 2007

Jackson hits the workout tour running

Skip past the lottery picks and the first-round locks this week. Those guys know they are getting drafted regardless of what happens. This time of year is more about the guys who are hoping to get drafted.

Jarrius Jackson falls into that category. Despite scoring more than 2,000 points during his four-year career at Texas Tech, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard can't be found in most mock drafts and he wasn't at the pre-draft camp in Chicago.

That means if Jackson is going to play his way into the league he must do so by impressing coaches and front office personnel at the team workouts, which are going on at every NBA franchise this week.

Jackson underwent his first of five scheduled workouts on Monday. He talks about that experience and his upcoming trips in the third installment of his Rivals.com diary:

I just arrived in Houston for a workout with the Rockets.

I had my first workout with Golden State on Monday night. I think it went pretty well. It feels good to get the first one out of the way and get a feel for what to expect and how everything works.

I work out for the Rockets this morning and then I head back to the West Coast to work out for Portland. I'll come back to Chicago (temporary home) for a day or two and then head to Miami and Washington, D.C."

What exactly did the Warriors workout entail? What other players were there?

We started out with some shooting drills, moved to some one-on-one stuff and did some fast-break drills. We also played a lot of 2-on-2 and worked on some pick-and-roll situations. It was all very intense.

We finished up by spending about five minutes with their strength and conditioning coach working on our abs. They wanted to test how strong our cores are.

There were three other guards there Dan Nwaelele (Air Force), Morris Almond (Rice) and Ayinde Ubaka (California). I thought everybody shot the ball well, especially Morris.

I think the 2-on-2 portion is where I was able to do the most. That's where I showed my ability to score.

What are you expecting from the Rockets and the other workouts you have set up? What did you learn from your first workout that you hope to carry into the second?

"I think the Rockets will be almost the same as the Warriors. I know it's going to be just guards again and that D.J. Strawberry (Maryland) will be there.

"I don't really know what the others will be like. I have heard that Miami asks their players to do a lot of running, but I don't think anything will surprise me. Working out with Tim Grover (personal trainer) got me very prepared. A lot of the stuff we worked on was in the Warriors workout.

One thing I want to make sure of is that I go as hard as I possibly can in the one-on-one drills. Basically, I just want to show that I can be a scorer."

To read more on Jackson and his preparations for the upcoming NBA draft return to Rivals.com.

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