North Carolina forward Justin Jackson (Tomball, TX) has announced that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft. Jackson will also sign with an agent, meaning that there is no chance he will return to Chapel Hill. Draft experts predict Jackson will go in the mid to late first round.

In addition to winning the National Championship with North Carolina in 2017, Jackson was also named first team All-ACC, the ACC Player of the Year, and a consensus first team All-American.

Jackson tested the draft process in 2016, but ultimately came back to school after being advised to continue working on his three-point shot. He did so and in 2017 set the UNC record for made threes in a season (105). Jackson also upped his three-point percentage from 30.4% and 29.2% in his freshman and sophomore years to 37.0% in his junior year.

Jackson’s 731 points (18.3 PPG) in 2017 led the team and were the fifth most ever by a Tar Heel in a single season. He ends his North Carolina career with 1626 points (23rd on the all-time UNC list).

Jackson’s career stats at North Carolina (2014-2017):

  • 13.8 PPG
  • 45.9% FG%
  • 33.9% 3FG%
  • 71.3% FT%
  • 4.1 RPG
  • 2.7 APG

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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.
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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.

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