As the time gets closer to the NBA Draft, more and more players are starting to declare. Maryland sophomore Justin Jackson has decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility to join the NBA draft.
Maryland sophomore Justin Jackson is foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility and declaring for the 2018 Draft. "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it’s my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in pro basketball." News story coming.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 28, 2018
Jackson is expected to hire an agent in the near future and thus will have no more eligibility at Maryland. Jackson has been dealing with a torn labrum before he even came to Maryland and after his three-point shooting dipped during his sophomore season he elected to get surgery.
Jackson was the best player on the roster, and his injury was a big reason that they missed out on the NCAA tournament.
As a sophomore Jackson averaged 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds although his scoring was way down because of his shoulder injury.
After last season Jackson went through the pre-draft process without hiring an agent. He did decide to return to Maryland for one more season. According to ESPN if he would have stayed in the draft he would have been picked around the 14th pick.
Right now Jackson is currently projected 41st in ESPN top 100 but if he can prove he is healthy from his injury there is a good chance that stock could really rise.
Jackson hasn’t been cleared for full basketball activity yet, but if his recovery goes well he should be back in time for the NBA combine.