Justin Jackson has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, foregoing his final two years of eligibility, as reported by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com.
Jackson will not return to Maryland, as he will hire an agent and will “turn my full attention” toward going professional.
Maryland sophomore Justin Jackson is foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility and declaring for the 2018 Draft. "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it’s my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in pro basketball." News story coming.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 28, 2018
Justin Jackson’s NBA draft process is going to be complicated
Maryland hasn’t provided any updates on Jackson’s torn labrum, which is the biggest story you’ll hear about him at the combine. Jackson excelled as a freshman in 2016-17, becoming Maryland’s second-best player behind Melo Trimble on a team that went on to lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Xavier. Trimble left for the NBA while Jackson explored the draft waters before deciding to return to Maryland for his sophomore season.
That sophomore season never really got off the ground for Jackson. He had to be a more commanding presence on offense for Maryland to be a Big Ten contender, and things never seemed to click. He averaged 9.8 points per game on only 37 percent shooting for the season’s first 11 games, but was nursing an injury for at least part of that time. Maryland announced in late December that Jackson would miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum.
That last part is why Jackson’s NBA draft process will not be like many other prospect’s. Jackson’s not particularly active on social media, so it’s unclear how his recovery has gone and what his level of participation will be.