After a stellar freshman season, Maryland basketball’s Justin Jackson has declared for the NBA Draft. DraftExpress has the list of prospects who’ve entered the draft, and Jackson’s name was one of two not previously reported.
Neither Jackson nor Maryland had announced that he’d be entering the draft, and multiple outlets are reporting that he hasn’t hired an agent, which means he can still return to the Terps.
Jackson put up 10.7 points per night and also led Maryland in rebounds and three point percentage, grabbing six rebounds a night while shooting at nearly a 44 percent clip from deep. Melo Trimble left the Terps and signed an agent, but Jackson’s not in nearly the same hurry to go pro.
Jackson has shown the his ability to stretch the court or get to the basket, as well as a willingness to rebound. He posted a career-high 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including hitting all five of his three point attempts, to go along with 10 rebounds in Maryland’s win over Minnesota.
Assuming he hasn’t signed an agent, Jackson is still able to withdraw from the draft and return to school. However, he will get to go through workouts with teams and, if invited, attend the NBA Draft Combine from May 9-14. If his name is still in the draft then, he has until May 24 to decide whether or not to return to Maryland.
Jackson was part of a stellar trio of freshmen, along with Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter, that looked to be the next wave of Terps basketball. This decision might put those plans on hold, at least for a while.
We’ve updated this story to indicate that Jackson hasn’t hired an agent. We’ll keep updating as we learn more.