Forward Justin Jackson pulls name out of NBA draft, is staying at Maryland – Baltimore Sun

A year ago, Justin Jackson was a relative unknown to most Maryland fans when he announced his commitment to play for the Terps. The 6-foot-7 forward was also something of an afterthought since his announcement came several hours after star guard Melo Trimble told notice Turgeon that he was returning for his junior year and pulling his name from the NBA Draft.

On Wednesday, the peaceful Canadian was clearly the headliner when it came to large news in College Park.

Despite recent speculation that he might forgo the remaining three seasons of his college career to turn pro, Jackson gave Turgeon the same sterling news that Trimble did final year. After Jackson met with his family in Toronto on Tuesday after a workout earlier  in the day with the hometown Raptors, Maryland announced Wednesday that he was going to remain a Terp.

“I’m excited to return for my sophomore year at Maryland and witness forward to building upon the success we had final season,” Jackson said in a release. “The experience that I had participating in the NBA Scouting Combine will be favourable in my long-term development. I can’t wait to glean back to College Park and initiate workouts with my teammates this summer.” 

Jackson started total but the first two games final season, when Maryland finished 24-9 overall (after a 20-2 start) and lost to Xavier in the NCAA tournament’s round of 64. Jackson was the team’s main rebounder (6.0 per game) and top 3-point shooter (43.8 percent), and its moment-main scorer (10.5) behind Trimble, who signed with an agent final month to conclude his storied career in College Park.

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