North Carolina’s Justin Jackson to return for sophomore season

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North Carolina wing Justin Jackson is returning to Chapel Hill for his sophomore season.

Jackson announced the decision on Instagram with a simple post:

Until Next Year

A photo posted by Justin Jackson (@jjacks44) onApr 1, 2015 at 2:46pm PDT

If that’s still a bit ambiguous to you, Jackson’s family confirmed the decision to Inside Carolina. Jackson was the No. 38 player on my board, which would have put him in the realm of being a late first round pick after draft decisions are made.

For me, this is a smart decision. Jackson had a rough start to the year, seemingly struggling to adapt to the college game. However, by the end of the year he looked much more assertive and confident, attacking off of the dribble well and knocking down jumpers at a high clip. He scored in double-figures in 11 of his final 12 games after only getting there 11 times in the first 26.

If he can replicate his performance from late this season into next year, he’ll likely solidify himself as a first round pick, whereas in the 2015 draft he would have been a bit more up in the air as far as getting a guaranteed contract. Again, the 2016 draft looks to be a bit weaker than this one. He’s betting on himself here, and it would seem to be a bet that could pay dividends.

Justin Jackson will be back in Chapel Hill next season. (USATSI)
Justin Jackson will be back in Chapel Hill next season. (USATSI)

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