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Jackson withdraws from draft, will return to UMD

Justin Jackson has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Maryland for his sophomore season.

Terps wing Justin Jackson announced on Wednesday that he will return to the Maryland men’s basketball team, withdrawing his name from this summer’s NBA draft.

The 6-foot-7 on Toronto, Ontario averaged 10.5 points and a team-high six rebounds per game for Maryland this past season. He was also second on the team with 29 blocks. Jackson’s 199 rebounds rank seventh on Maryland’s freshman single-season list.

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

Jackson took full advantage of the new rules for the NBA draft and participated in all the workouts he could until the deadline to withdraw and return to college. Jackson was only a fringe second-round draft prospect and never hired an agent, making it likely he would return to school.

“We are excited Justin is returning for his sophomore season,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Justin had a great opportunity to attend the NBA Combine and gather information regarding his future as a professional basketball player. Justin has a bright future. We are confident he will continue to develop as both a player and a person and be a major contributor to our program.”

Jackson is on of Maryland’s core group of sophomores returning next year, along with point guard Anthony Cowan and fellow wing Kevin Huerter. They ranked second, third and fourth on the team in scoring last year, respectively.

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