After being selected in the second round of the NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Orlando Magic, Maryland men's basketball’s Justin Jackson will spend his first season in the G-League.
Jackson played just 11 games for the Terps last season before being shut down with a torn labrum. G-League reporter Adam Johnson first reported Jackson is expected sign a contract with the Lakeland Magic.
The NBA has sent Orlando Magic 2nd rd pick Justin Jackson a G League contract according to a league source. Prevailing thought is he will be a domestic draft-and-stash prospect and suit up for Lakeland.— Adam Johnson (@AdamJ_NBAGL) September 17, 2018
The Magic filled all their roster spots and two-way contracts for the upcoming season, but Jackson will still be under control of the Orlando organization. They’ll look to develop Jackson under their eye and move him up their ranks, similar to current two-way contract awardee Troy Caupain.
Caupain, the former Cincinnati star, spent the 2017-18 season with Lakeland, averaging 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals and was awarded with a coveted two-way contract along with Duke’s Amile Jefferson. The Lakeland roster includes fellow Big Ten alumni and NBA veterans Alan Anderson from Michigan State and Byron Mullens from Ohio State, as well as former Pitt star Jamel Artis.
Jackson averaged 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Terps before he was shut down. In his two seasons in College Park, he averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds over 44 games. Despite the injury, he declared for the draft and signed an agent, after testing the process after his freshman season.
He didn’t play in the Summer League, but the Canadian is healthy again and made his return to the court in two 2019 World Cup Qualifiers last week. He posted bagels in a little under four minutes against Brazil, but rebounded with 10 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes and a win over Chile.
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