There has been a palpable buzz surrounding Milwaukee Bucks rookie Andre Jackson Jr. for pretty much the entire season. The murmurs have become a lot louder of late, though, with Jackson now primed for a bigger role on the squad amid Jae Crowder’s unfortunate injury.
Milwaukee Bucks Rookie Andre Jackson Jr. Speaks Out on Jae Crowder Situation
Jackson, who played 13 minutes in Monday’s 118-109 win over the Chicago Bulls for five points, three rebounds, and a three-pointer, sees the silver lining in Crowder’s injury. The youngster has every intention of making the most out of it:
“Definitely just taking full advantage of every opportunity I’m given,” Jackson said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “The opportunities are going to be a little bit more now because we are missing our best defensive player in Jae, so I’ll just try to go out there and try to fulfill that role.”
Jackson is a realist, though. He knows exactly what Crowder brings to the table, and he is well aware of the fact that there’s just no replacing that:
“Jae’s energy and his leadership as well is going to be another void that we’re going to have to learn to fill,” Jackson continued. “So, yeah, that’s the biggest thing. Just try to replace what’s missing, which is going to be extremely hard and damn near impossible with such a great guy like that with so much experience and playing on so many great teams and winning teams, so definitely just trying to take it day-by-day and just grow.”
Be that as it may, Jackson will do everything he can to fill the void. He won’t be doing it all by himself, but this could be the breakout opportunity the former UConn standout has been waiting for.
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