Maryland's Jackson to skip National Basketball Association draft, stay in school


Jackson earned Big Ten co-freshman of the week honours on January 23, and recorded the first back-to-back double-doubles for a freshman at Maryland since 2010 - 28 points and 10 rebounds at Minnesota and 22 points and 12 boards at Ohio State. His goal in undergoing surgery ahead of the June 22 draft is to be fully prepared for National Basketball Association training camp in September and potentially as early as late July, leaving the door open for a return for summer league action.

Coach Mark Turgeon expects Jackson to "develop as both a player and a person and be a major contributor to our program". However, this season the team might do even better - despite the loss of Melo Trimble.

A year ago, Justin Jackson was a relative unknown to most Maryland fans when he announced his commitment to play for the Terps. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game in the 30.8 minutes he was receiving every night.

Jackson also signed a "stipulation of facts" that said he followed Calvert out of the bar after she threw a drink at fellow Kansas player Lagerald Vick.

Jackson was a five-star recruit who was the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 coming out of high school. He will have plenty of help in returning sophomore guards Anthony Cowan Jr. and Kevin Huerter.

"If you're an National Basketball Association team, you may take him in the late first round, thinking future because of the ability to score", said ESPN's Fran Fraschilla about Jackson during the Combine.

However, if Jackson violates any part of his one-year diversion agreement, he will have to pay restitution to Calvert which is $3,150.

In a statement released by Maryland on Wednesday, Jackson said his experience in the combine "will be beneficial to my long-term development".