Josh Jackson's new number grabs Tyler Self's attention


None by Suns Nation

After a summer spent wearing wild and wacky No. 99 with the Phoenix Suns’ summer league team, it appears that former Kansas standout Josh Jackson is prepared to enter his rookie season with a number that’s more common in the basketball world.

Jackson, who wore No. 11 at Kansas, will be wearing No. 20 for the Suns this season, largely because veteran guard Brandon Knight already wears No. 11.

Sure, guys have been known to pay for numbers in the past. And, yeah, it’ll probably happen again many times over in the future. But not Jackson. At least not now.

When he got to KU, that was a totally different story, as he had to work out a deal with Tyler Self for the coveted No. 11.

If I remember correctly, Jackson said the terms of the deal were a nice meal, maybe a steak dinner, on Jackson, which, clearly, was good enough for Tyler, who gave up No. 11 and switched to No. 20, the number his dad wore at Oklahoma State.

That’s where things get funny and the short comedy skit played out on Twitter on Friday.

Here’s a look:

None by Tyler Self

None by Josh Jackson

Not a bad jab by Tyler followed by a pretty solid reply from Jackson.


Matt Tait 4 years, 9 months ago

No such thing these days. Took 5 minutes to throw together. Figured enough people would find it entertaining enough to spend the 5 minutes.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 9 months ago

Definitely well worth 5 minutes and more.

Good job!

Matt Tait 4 years, 9 months ago

Please elaborate. Not saying you had to think it was the best blog you've ever read or even that you had to read it at all... Just can't see how you take offense to it being posted when (a) others enjoyed it and (b) it took me no time at all to throw together.

If you're not up for responding, I won't lose sleep.

Mike Johns 4 years, 9 months ago

I enjoyed it... light & easy... well played. some people troll anything.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 9 months ago

Nice article. Nice to see the camaraderie continues between a one-and-done and a bench player even after both have moved on from their college days. It's nice to see this kind of article now and then. Thanks, Matt, and ignore those thinking it's a waste of their valuable time.

Matt Tait 4 years, 9 months ago

Glad you liked it Dale. I thought the mere thought of Jackson joking that he wanted to BE Tyler was pretty good.

Steve Zimmerman 4 years, 9 months ago

Believe it or not, visiting has been my daily routine even when I'm on vacation. Whatever news related to KU bball recruiting trails, players (current or alumnus or even transfer ), are always fun to read. And I'm counting on this website to keep their writers writing any blogs, articles such this. This is fun and yes, entertaining. Keep up the good work, Mr. Tait!

Jerry Rockhold 4 years, 9 months ago

Matt, ty for being a constant & consistent source for all things Jayhawk.

I thoroughly enjoy your insight & info.

Keep up the good work & ty for all you do for so many. :)

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps JJ knows that even as a potential NBA star, he may one day work for Tyler Self

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