UNC Basketball: Justin Jackson Declares For Draft, Signs Agent

Jackson tested the NBA draft process the previous year, but in the end, he made a decision to return to Chapel Hill and helped lead the Tar Heels to the national title.

Jackson said he "wouldn't trade anything" for his three years as a Tar Heel, "especially getting the chance to win a national championship, which was unbelievable".

On the Tar Heels' way to the championship, Jackson led the team with 19.5 points per tournament game, and finishes his career with 239 points in the NCAA Tournament.

It is also worth noting that the up-and-comer was most recently selected as a consensus first-team All-American in addition to being named as the 2017 ACC Player of the Year.

Jackson declared for the National Basketball Association draft past year to work out for teams before returning to school. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.


Trier was rated a mid-second round by nbadraft.net but wants to build on a sophomore season in which he played in just 18 games after being suspended by the NCAA due to failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.

"Justin has improved his draft position immensely this year and it's a credit to him and the hard work he put into making himself a great player".

As much as Carolina has celebrated since defeating Gonzaga last week in the championship game, though, it feels a bit as though Jackson's contributions have not been fully appreciated. The Tar Heels were up consistently throughout the game, and a last minute surge from the Ducks brought OR within one before North Carolina secured an offensive rebound and ran out the clock to win 77-76.

Jackson was an integral part of two Final Four teams, something neither Michael Jordan nor Phil Ford can say. Overall, he played in 118 games, scoring 1,626 points (13.8 per game), with 481 rebounds, 314 assists and 168 three-pointers.

And, as his college career neared its end, unleashing surprising defensive ability that wrecked Kentucky's Malik Monk (4-of-10 shooting, 12 points), Oregon's Tyler Dorsey (3-of-11, 21 points) and Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews/Silas Melson combo (3-of-10, nine points). He was told by National Basketball Association personnel a year ago to improve his shooting range; he went from shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers as a sophomore to 37 percent this season. That figure is good enough for second all time in Carolina history.

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