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Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft

Justin Jackson was second on Maryland in both points and rebounds as a freshman.

Don’t be alarmed. It is very unlikely that Maryland freshman forward Justin Jackson will remain on the entry list for the NBA Draft. On Tuesday, Jackson was one of 182 players to put his name on the early entrant list for this summer’s NBA Draft, but he will not hire an agent and is probably going to return to College Park.

The new NBA Draft process makes it very easy for players to go through the draft process, be seen by scouts and work out against other top talent before pulling out and returning to school. It only makes sense for any college basketball player to test themselves when they can.

Jackson, a 6-foot-7 from Ontario, Canada, who joined Maryland after de-committing from UNLV, finished second on the team with 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. She also ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 43.7-percent shooting from 3-point range.

Jackson caught fire for Maryland early in Big Ten play and used his 7-foot-3 wingspan to disrupt opponents on the defensive end, but he slowed down as teams got more film on him.

Some NBA Draft websites have projected Jackson as high as a late first round pick. He will have until May 24 to withdraw his name and return to College Park for his sophomore season.

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