North Carolina junior Justin Jackson entering NBA draft


Jackson, a 6-8, 210 pound guard, averaged 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds on his way to being named ACC Player of the Year and earning first-team All-America honors. The final seconds of the game brought a whirlwind of events, with Kentucky tying the game on a hard three-point shot from first-year student Malik Monk (Bentonville, Arkansas) before North Carolina's sophomore Luke Maye (Huntersville, North Carolina) nailed a game winning jumper as time ran down, ending the game 75-73. Tony Bradley, on the other hand, initially expressed plans of declaring for the draft to get National Basketball Association feedback, though his father later clarified that their family is still discussing available options. He did what our coaches and the National Basketball Association people advised him to do - get stronger and work on making more shots. It wasn't just that Jacksons scored that boosted his pro potential; it was how he scored, in shooting 37 percent on 3-point attempts and setting a Carolina single-season record with 105 3-pointers made. "He responded by investing a tremendous amount of his time in the offseason and came back to school a bigger, better and more confident player".

"I thank God, my coaches and teammates and the University of North Carolina for giving me this extraordinary opportunity", Jackson said, in a statement released by the university.

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Jackson became North Carolina's go-to player offensively when they needed a basket, and time and time again, he delivered.

"We're excited for Justin and proud of the way he conducted himself each day in leading our team to a national championship", says Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams. With one minute and 40 seconds left, Gonzaga held a one-point lead until junior Justin Jackson (Spring, Texas) converted a three-point play to put the Tar Heels permanently in the lead. The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year is projected as a first-round pick, with some mock drafts putting him at the edge of the lottery. Thursday, UNC announced he was entering the NBA Draft and will not retain the option of returning to school as a senior. This year, Jackson made 39 percent of his baskets from three-point range and made four or more three-pointers 13 times with a career-high seven vs. Davidson and six twice.