DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Orlando Magic
About Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson is a long forward with an impressive frame who flashed intriguing potential as a jump shooter as a freshman before having an uneven sophomore season that ended prematurely after 11 games when he tore his labrum. An early bloomer, Jackson averaged 11.3 points and 6 rebounds per game as a 15-year-old at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for his native Canada. Making the rounds on the FIBA circuit and playing in the Nike Hoop Summit, Jackson finished his prep career ranked as a consensus top-40 prospect in the high school class of 2016. Averaged 10.5 points while shooting 44% from beyond the arc as a freshman and participated in the 2017 NBA Draft Combine before opting to return to school. After a slow start his sophomore season, Jackson began to heat up just before his year ended abruptly.
- Measured 6’6.75 in shoes with a massive 7’3 wingspan and a strong 229-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Not overwhelmingly tall for a forward, but has impressive length to go along with solid all-around athleticism.
- Played a complementary role for a Maryland team that didn’t rely heavily on any one individual scorer. Spent time at both forward spots and did much of his scoring in catch and shoot situations helping space the floor. Contributed some athletic plays around the basket using his length and strength. Finished the year as the Terrapins’ leading rebounder and fourth leading scorer.
- Has a lot of upside defensively thanks to his combination of length and strength. Lacks a degree of discipline off the ball, but flashed the ability to switch and guard multiple positions at the college level. Length is also a factor on the glass and in the passing lanes. Lunges at shooters, but has solid feet and some very attainable improvements to make defensively as he gains experience.
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Jackson in the mix for 2018