Prospect Profile | Justin Jackson

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Justin Jackson

6’8” 193 LBS SF

Season Stats:

40 G | 32.0 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 44.3 FG% | 37.0 3FG% | 105 3FGM | 74.8 FT% | 4.7 RPG | 2.8 APG

Career Highlights:

• Voted the ACC Player of the Year, Jackson was arguably one of steadiest offensive players in country this past season, emerging as the leading scorer for North Carolina during its run to a sixth national championship in program history. In addition to claiming his conference’s top individual honor, the Texas native was tabbed a First-Team All-American, and All-NCAA Tournament selection.

• Jackson, who attended the 2016 Draft Combine but ultimately withdrew from the draft itself, topped the ACC in total points (731), and field goals made (264). He showed he could score both inside and out. His 159 2-pointers were tenth in the league, while his 105 triples were good for second in the conference, and 20th in the country. Jackson’s 19 outings with 20 points or more were the most in the ACC as well.

On December 17th in Las Vegas, Jackson shined in an anticipated nationally-televised pairing against Kentucky. Yes, Malik Monk was the headliner that day, draining a whopping 47 points, but Jackson didn’t do too poorly himself, bursting for a career-best 34.

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• Diving a bit more into Jackson’s perimeter game, his production exploded in that area this season. After combining to go 63 for 212 (29.7%) between his freshman and sophomore campaigns, he not only poured in 105 threes in his third and final go-round with the Tar Heels, but ranked second in the ACC with a 37.0 3-point percentage. According to Synergy Sports, Jackson hit a respectable 36.9% of his catch-and-shoot chances.

• Jackson certainly proved to be a durable presence during North Carolina’s deep post-season runs the h past two years. With his club reaching the national championship game in both 2016 and 2017, the swing man logged an NCAA-high 40 appearances each of the previous two campaigns. In all, Jackson spent over 3,400 minutes in Tar Heel blue, and was eighth in the country last season with 1,281 minutes played.

Did You Know?:

From fourth grade on, Jackson was homeschooled. A USA Today article from 2013 documented his high school playing arrangement, and how Jackson learned to establish a balance between basketball, and his academic pursuits.

Quote of Note:

“Coming back [to UNC], over the summer and into practices, a main focus of mine I’ve tried to work on getting stronger, more consistent with my jump shot, and then defensively, be a little more active.” – Jackson, ESPN (2/22/2017)

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