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Among Jackson’s first actions with the Thunder were cutting the ribbon to open a new study lounge and game room at the Boys and Girls Club, then blocking some shots by participants at a summer basketball camp who thought they could score on him.

He said he had to get a tailor-made green dress shirt for his introduction _ one of the drawbacks of having a 7-foot wingspan despite standing 6-foot-3.

“I guess I’m kind of a freak,” he said.

Jackson said he has only a few classes left to finish up his communications degree at Boston College, and he plans to complete it when he can, perhaps to have a backup plan as a sports analyst if the NBA doesn’t pan out.

That’s far from the top of his mind, though, after the thrill of getting his name called in the draft just days ago.

“It’s a dream for anybody,” Jackson said. “But this isn’t where my dream stops, hopefully.”