COLLEGE: NORTH CAROLINA
WEIGHT: 195 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LOW TO MID 20’S/ RISING UP DRAFT BOARDS
PLAYER SUMMARY: North Carolina has been one of the top 5 teams all year long. As they head toward the NCAA tournament, head coach Roy Williams will be counting on a player who is one of the most improved players in all of college basketball.
Justin Jackson has been spectacular all year long for the Tarheels. The small forward had a solid sophomore campaign in 2015-16, as UNC lost at the buzzer to Villanova in the national championship game. He has taken his game to new heights as a junior, improving in every facet of his game.
As of the writing of this profile, Jackson is averaging 18.4pts, 4.7reb, and 2.6ast per game. He is one of the favorites for ACC Player of the Year. He had one of the best individual performances of the season against Kentucky when he poured in 34 points in a 3-point loss.
Jackson has very good length for a SF. While he doesn’t sport elite athletic ability, he displays plenty of ways to impact a game. He has a very smooth and soft shooting touch and an excellent mid-range game. He has improved his 3-point shooting as he hits on 39% from 3-point range.
After watching and reviewing Jackson’s overall game, he is at his best in an uptempo style of play. He thrives in transition, where he can use his craftiness and length to score. He moves very well away from the ball and gets in a good position to receive a pass. His craftiness and basketball IQ make up for his little above-average athletic ability.
One area that stands out to us when watching the junior play is his passing ability. His size combined with very good court vision is impressive and will help him out when he gets to the NBA. He is a very unselfish player as well.
He will need to improve his ball-handling skills for the next level. Jackson can become careless with the ball at times. This is an area that can be improved through hard-work. Perhaps our biggest concern with him is his weight/strength. Jackson only weighs around 200 pounds. It is imperative that he gets on a strength and conditioning routine as he needs to get stronger. This will allow him to withstand the long and rigorous NBA season. He will get pushed around some at the NBA level if he doesn’t become stronger. Due to his strong work ethic, we are pretty confident that he will put in the necessary work to become stronger and better in all areas of his game.
As previously mentioned, Justin Jackson is one of the most improved players in the nation. We have been extremely impressed with his play all year long. While he doesn’t do anything at an elite level, he does almost everything well. He is turning into a very well-rounded player. We can see him developing into a good NBA player in a few years. In our opinion, he can be a possible starter in the NBA or at the least, a very serviceable back-up who will play in the NBA for a long time.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF JUSTIN JACKSON
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