# Small Forward

Josh Jackson

Height / Weight
6' 8" / 207 lbs
Feb 10, 1997 (26)
NBA Draft
1st Round, 4th Overall, 2017
Full Name: Josh Jackson
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Education: Kansas
Parents: Apples and Clarence Jones
Spouse: Lorena Villela

Josh Jackson Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Joshua O’Neal Jackson was born on February 10, 1997. He was born in San Diego County, California. His mother, Apples Jones, was serving in the U.S. Navy when she gave birth to Josh, and they lived there until Josh was eight months old. She then moved them to Michigan. Josh was raised by his mother Apples and his stepfather Clarence Jones, who passed away in 2014. Josh shares a daughter with Lorena Villela. 

Josh Jackson played high school basketball at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California. Coming out of high school, he was ranked a 5-Star recruit, and No. 2 overall in the recruitment class according to ESPN. Following high school, the top-ranked prospect took his talents to Kansas University. Jackson played one season for Kansas before entering the 2017 NBA Draft. He was selected fourth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Josh Jackson is now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Josh Jackson Basketball Career

High School Career (Consortium College Prep, Justin-Siena)

Josh Jackson first attended Consortium College Prep in Detroit, Michigan for high school. In his freshman year, Jackson averaged 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four blocks per game. In his sophomore year, he averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists per game while also winning the school’s first state title. 

After two years at Consortium, Jackson transferred to Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California following his family moving out to California. In his junior year, his first season at Justin-Siena, Jackson averaged 31.2 points and 5.4 assists per game. In Josh’s senior year, he tallied 26.9 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He was later named a McDonald’s All-American, and his 19 points in the 2016 game earned him the name of Co-MVP. The top two, 5-Star recruit was then off to Kansas University.

College Career (Kansas Jayhawks)

Josh Jackson announced his intent to become a Jayhawk at Kansas University on April 11, 2016. Josh played one season for the Jayhawks. Josh Jackson started at power forward for Kansas, and even though he was out of his normal position, this did not stop him from tallying 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. These stellar freshman statistics helped Jackson earn his spot on the All-Big 12 First-Team. He was also named Big-12 Freshman of the Year and Second-Team All-American.

Following a great freshman season at Kansas, Jackson declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on April 17, 2017. 

NBA Career

The Phoenix Suns drafted Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Jackson had previously canceled his workout with the Celtics, who held the 3rd pick in the draft, which may have been the reason he was not selected by Boston. Jackson made his NBA debut on October 18, 2017. In just his third game as a Phoenix Sun, Jackson made a derogatory gesture towards a Los Angeles Clippers fan, resulting in a $35,000 fine. Jackson moved on from this, however, still posting a very solid rookie season. The best game of his rookie campaign came with a 36 point barrage against the Golden State Warriors on St. Patrick’s Day. Following the 2017-18 season, he was named to the NBA-All-Rookie Second Team. 

In the 2018-19 season, Jackson started the year by coming off of the bench, In his season debut on October 17, 2018, Josh tallied 18 points in a win over the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game over 79 games and 25.2 minutes per game. Following the season, Jackson was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on July 7, 2019. He was then assigned to the Grizzlies G-League affiliate, Memphis Hustle, to start the 2019-20 season. Before being called back up, Jackson played 26 games for the Hustle, tallying 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game. He was also named Midseason All-NBA G League. 

Josh Jackson Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Josh Jackson’s current net worth is unknown. Throughout his first three seasons in the NBA, Jackson has earned $18,191,040. He is currently on a three-year, $18,191,040 contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, that they acquired via trade with the Phoenix Suns. This contract equates to an average annual salary of $6,063,680 for Jackson. Upon being drafted within the Top 5, Joshinked a multi-year deal with Under Armour. The monetary details of this deal are unknown.

Josh Jackson signed a 3-year, $18.2 million deal with Phoenix Suns in 2017.

Josh Jackson Personal Life

Josh Jackson was born in San Diego, California. He was raised by his mother Apples Jones and stepfather Clarence Jones. His mother, Apples Jones, was serving in the U.S. Navy when she gave birth to Josh, and they lived there until Josh was eight months old. She then moved them to Michigan. Josh’s mother played basketball for the University of Texas at El Paso. She was invited to participate in the Washington Mystics training camp after college but decided against it in order to raise Josh in Michigan.

Josh’s stepfather, Clarence, passed away due to a heart attack when Josh was a junior in high school.

Josh shares a daughter with Lorena Villela. 

Josh Jackson Fun Facts

  • Josh’s mother was a standout basketball player for the University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Josh was named Co-MVP alongside Frank Jackson in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American game.
  • He won gold medals at the FIBA U17 and U19 Championships.
  • Jackson was fined $20,000 by the Suns for missing a team-organized autograph session with fans.
Career stats
51 16.3 40.0 25.4 71.4 2.8 1.1 0.4 0.5 6.4
62 25.1 41.9 30.0 72.9 4.1 2.3 0.8 0.9 13.4
22 17.3 44.0 31.9 70.0 3.0 1.6 0.4 0.8 9.0
79 25.2 41.3 32.4 67.1 4.4 2.3 0.7 0.9 11.5
77 25.4 41.7 26.3 63.4 4.6 1.6 0.5 1.0 13.1