North Carolina’s Justin Jackson has declared for the NBA Draft and hired an agent, so his college career is officially over.
This is extremely relevant for Maryland, because the Terps now have the best basketball player named Justin Jackson in all of Division I.
On NCAA.com, here’s what comes up when you search “Justin Jackson”:
The only other Justin Jackson with eligibility remaining attends the University of Chicago, which is a Division-III school. Northwestern running back Justin Jackson is probably the Terps’ toughest competition in other college sports, so we can’t declare Maryland’s Justin Jackson as the best Justin Jackson in any sport. But in basketball, it’s a safe bet.
As a freshman, Jackson was Maryland’s second-leading scorer with 11 points and six rebounds per game, and had 3.1 win shares. UNC’s Justin Jackson averaged 18 points and 4.7 rebounds, and finished with six win shares.
It’s a certainty that Maryland’s Justin Jackson becomes the highest-scoring Justin Jackson in the country. The 247Sports Composite doesn’t list any incoming recruits named Justin Jackson, so it’s unlikely anyone can come in and usurp him.
Maryland fans should enjoy him while they can. He’s projected as the No. 22 pick in DraftExpress’s 2018 Mock Draft, so he could be gone after next season.