Maryland Sophomore forward Justin Jackson is projected to go 6th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Jackson last season was the second leading scorer behind Melo Trimble and tested the draft process following his Freshman campaign.
Jackson stands at 6’8 weighing 225 pounds. He played the four for the Terps last year banging in the post for rebounds but also stepping outside for the three. (43.8 percent from three on 3.2 attempts per game). Jackson showed his ability to score on drives to the basket, post scoring, and long range buckets which NBA scouts were impressed with. Jackson did well in the workouts and questioned hiring an agent and forgoing his Sophomore season. He obviously came back to the Terrapins and now looks to become the Maryland star with Melo now on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
There is a lot of hope for Jackson to shine in his Sophomore season as he trails only Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr, Luka Doncic, Mo Bamba and Deandre Ayton in the mock draft. Terp fans hope he shines as well to lead the Terps to another tournament birth. Jackson is projected to go top ten in the draft, but it doesn’t mean he is definitely gone. Odds are Jackson will be gone after this season though, as it seems to be the new era of college players leaving early before graduating. Either way, Maryland has a high 2018-19 Freshman class if Jackson were to leave.
Maryland opens their season against Stony Brook at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday, November 10th. The Terps will play an exhibition at XFINITY, hosting Randolph Macon on Thursday, November 2nd.