Justin Jackson is a 6’8” two hundred pound Forward/Guard who actually excels at the Small Forward position. Born eighteen years ago in the town of Tomball, Texas, this dynamic young player made an immediate impact playing for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
His freshman season, which was in 2014, was noteworthy for his ability to score in double figures in most of the games he played. In fact, Jackson scored more than ten points in twenty-two games, a remarkable achievement for a first year college player.
This very talented performer received recognition for his on-court exploits and was voted onto the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Freshman Team by coaches and the media. That was a notable achievement.
And the recognition was well-deserved when one considers that he scored in double digits in eleven of his team’s final twelve games and in six of seven contests in the Conference playoffs and the “March Madness” tournament.
His ability to score points in bunches is just one of the things he accomplished that made scouts for National Basketball Association (NBA) teams drool with anticipation. This teenager also shot the basketball with “lights-out accuracy.” His shooting percentage from inside and beyond the arc was a stout fifty-two percent.
Add to that impressive statistic the fact that Justin Jackson is deadly from three-point range and it becomes obvious that this young and developing player has star-quality and a long and successful professional career awaiting him in the not-too-distant future.
His freshman production for the Tar Heels really was remarkable. His scoring average topped out at fifteen points per game. He also produced 2.3 assists per game. In tournament play, this future star did even better, raising his scoring and the number of assists he dished out to teammates.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Justin Jackson will become a star in the National Basketball Association, perhaps as early as 2016 if he decides to leave school.
And yet, whether he “turns pro” in 2016 or remains in college for at least one more season, scouts know that this improving player will utilize his great hands, his floor speed, his passing ability and his prolific scoring ability to help the Tar Heels advance deep into “March Madness” tournament play.
Justin Jackson has great basketball skills, is a “team player” and can lead the University of North Carolina to tournament success. There is little reason to believe he won’t achieve his goals as a basketball player in college now and as a professional down the road.
A career in the NBA is in his future along with the wealth that awaits the best professional athletes.
Courtesy of University of North Carolina Athletics