Maryland forward Justin Jackson will undergo surgery on his torn labrum and miss the rest of the season, Terps coach Mark Turgeon confirmed Thursday.
UPDATE: Head coach Mark Turgeon shared today after practice that Justin Jackson will miss the remainder of the season with torn labrum in his right shoulder.
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The sophomore hadn’t played in the Terps’ previous three games — wins over Fairleigh Dickson, Catholic and Gardner-Webb. Prior to the setback, Jackson’s production had dipped a bit from last season, when he averaged 10.5 points per game. Through 11 games, he was shooting 36 percent from the field and averaging 9.8 points per game. His most memorable performance came Dec. 3, when he scored 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting to help the Terps to a 92-91 overtime win over Illinois.
“I am really disappointed for Justin as he worked extremely hard this past summer and fall to place himself in a position to have a very successful sophomore season,” Turgeon said in a statement. “Justin has an extremely bright future and I am confident he will continue to be an outstanding and impactful player.”
Jackson flirted with declaring for the NBA Draft and leaving college after his freshman season. It’s unclear if he’ll consider doing so again after an abbreviated sophomore season. His absence, of course, is a big loss for the Terps, who, without guard Melo Trimble, looked to Jackson to take on a bigger role this season and help guide to the team to a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Maryland (11-3) returns to the court Friday against UMBC (8-5) at 8:00 p.m. ET on Foxsports1.