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Maryland basketball’s Justin Jackson out for season with torn labrum

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A disappointing end to what was supposed to be a breakout season.

From left to right: Anthony Cowan, Bruno Fernando, Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter.
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Maryland men’s basketball was hoping use this stretch of five non-conference games to get healthy and up to speed. Now, the Terps will be without sophomore forward Justin Jackson for the rest of the season.

After testing the NBA Draft process after his freshman season, Jackson was supposed to break out as the Terps’ No. 1 option. Instead, he got off to a slow start before missing the past three games. Now, he’s shut down for the year with a torn labrum.

“We’re shutting Justin Jackson down,” head coach Mark Turgeon told the media Thursday afternoon. “He has a torn labrum. He’s going to have surgery sometime soon, I’m not sure when. So his season is over.”

Last week, it appeared he was practicing and in good shape to play, and head coach Mark Turgeon woke up on game day against Fairleigh Dickinson thinking his entire squad would play. By game time, Jackson was one of three Maryland players to miss the game, along with Dion Wiley and Michal Cekovsky. While those two are expected to play against UMBC, Jackson is done for the year.

Jackson entered the season with high expectations, pegged by multiple outlets as a lottery pick. Through 11 games, he was the Terps’ leading rebounder, grabbing 8.1 boards a night, but his offensive game left more to be desired. Jackson is averaging 9.8 points a game, while shooting just 36.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from three, all drop-offs from last season.

The injury represents a fatal setback to Jackson’s sophomore campaign, and just as it seemed he had turned a corner. Jackson scored a season-high 20 points in a win at Illinois and added another 10 in limited minutes against Ohio due to an illness. Freshman Darryl Morsell has picked up three starts in his absence and, along with Wiley, should be candidates to make up his minutes.