Maryland’s Justin Jackson Is Returning For His Sophomore Year

Sports and Bets — May 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm by

 

 

I think we all knew this was coming. Justin Jackson declared for the NBA draft after his freshman year, but unlike Melo Trimble, he never hired an agent, which meant he had the option to return to school.

I don’t think for a second it was ever really a real consideration for Jackson to leave school. He likely just wanted to get the experience of going through the NBA combine so when he choses to do it again, he’s more prepared. Plus the extra work of practicing against top talent is always a positive. Jackson was projected as an end of the second round pick if he came out this year. If you leave school early for that, you’re a moron, especially considering Jackson has plenty of room to grow and is far from a finished product.

Scouts have said that in another year or two because of the combination of his size, athleticism, and ability to shoot outside, he has the potential to sneak into the first round. But Jackson disappeared down the stretch last year with the Terps, and has a lot more work to do before he’s NBA ready.

All in all, although it was expected, it’s great to know that we get to see at least one more year of this kid. Even though Melo’s gone, Maryland retains it’s whole young core, and should be in for another exciting season, even if they’re not a national title contender.

 

 

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