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Name: Justin Jackson

School: North Carolina

Season: Junior

ESPN High School Ranking: 8 (2014)

Birthdate: March 28. 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Tomball, Texas

Family: 

- Dad Lloyd was a superstar sprinter at Blinn Community College

- Mom Sharon was a Power Forward on the basketball team at Blinn Community College

- Parents made him shovel snow to be allowed to play basketball

- Parents coached him and were strict about always shooting within his range - wanted him to perfect the basics

- Home-schooled for middle school 

- Grew up a UNC fan

High School: Homeschool Christian Youth

Accolades:

- 2014 Parade All-American

- 2014 McDonald's All-American 

- 2014 McDonald's All-American co-MVP

- 2015 ACC All-Freshman Team 

Twitter: JJacks_44

Instagram: JJacks44

Height: 6'8.25

Weight: 193

Wingspan: 6'10.75

Standing Reach: 8'7.5

No Step Vert: 29.5

Max Vert: 34.5

Body Fat %: 7.6

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Devout Christian - "My identity isn't in basketball because it fails. You have bad games and lose games. But with Christ, he never fails you. Medals, trophies and accolades will collect dust and be forgotten, but Christ is forever."

- Common belief that he is soft, lacks aggression, and settles, but has dunked on several players (6'6 and 6'9) in practice recently

- Speaks very well with a calm demeanor

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 10.7 PPG

- 3.7 RPG

- 2.3 APG

- 0.5 BPG

- 0.5 SPG

- 48% FG

- 71% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 12.2 PPG

- 3.9 RPG

- 2.8 APG

- 0.6 SPG

- 47% FG

- 67% FT

Junior Season Stats: Through 9 games

- 15.2 PPG

- 4.6 RPG

- 3.2 APG

- 0.7 SPG

- 48% FG

- 35% 3

- 88% FT

Analytics: 

- 5th in win shares in the ACC in 2016-17

Position: SF

Greatest Strength: Shooting and Length

Greatest Weakness: Aggression

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 5

Speed: 7

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: 5

Handle: 6

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 5

Motor: 7

Touch: 8

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 6

Steals: 6

Blocks: 5

Pick and Roll: 

- Jackson has a quick long first step to beat his man to the hoop 

- Jackson could potentially be the roller in the NBA, forcing Power Forwards to guard him at the 3 point line

- Defensively, Jackson does a good job of fighting around screens (where he gets beat is in space)

- His versatility should allow him to guard the pick-and-roll well no matter which player he is guarding - switchable

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Long and bouncy

- Good north-south runner but poor lateral movement, doesnt slide his feet properly

- Good screen setter

- With space he can definitely knock down 3s with consistency - Holds his follow thru with his right hand well

- Makes smart entry passes - knows when to bounce it to man or put it in air

- Good spacer, always knows where to be on floor, especially around perimeter

- Defensively, he is long and athletic, but does not do a great job of staying infront of his man

- Proficient at using screens, and a combo of that plus his quick first step and length will allow him to finish well cutting to the rim

- Will probably never be more than a role player in the NBA, but that is what he is now

- Will be easy to adjust because most of his scoring is not created off the dribble, it is more situational good decisions and good shooting

- Definitely does not have a rebounding nose for the ball = Has not gotten one tough rebound

- Aware of when there isnt enough space to cut hard and create a double gap

Game Analysis:  

- vs. Tulane

- #35 Melvin Frazier

- #5 Cameron Reynolds

- #14 Colin Slater

- After cut, noticed when man ball-watched and slipped behind for good rebound positioning

- Good relocation to corner on ball-side drive

- Catch and shoot at left elbow 3, nailed 3

- Good looking stroke - extended his right towards the rim, its clear he had a shooting coach help him with it

- Awareness on D - stopped roller from receiving easy pass for bucket, forced pass to his man in the corner and challenged the shot well (even though defender made it)

- Gets defensive rebound and pushes ball - can bring ball up.

- Aware to box out on D, when another UNC player picked up man baseline he looked to find someone else to box

- Another catch and shoot 3 at 45 in rhythm, pure stroke swish

- Great job of fighting around ball screen and staying infront of man to deny a drive

- Beats everyone down court and finishes nice reverse layin

- Caught ball-watching and got beaten on a baseline cut backdoor

- Finishes alley-oop in transition above rim - Good bounce, not elite

- Not a great job at staying in front of Frazier, forced him baseline into help though

- Good job of using upscreen to get open, set his man up, waited for the screen, and brushed by to get open

- Beautiful drive one dribble from 3 point line, covered a lot of ground and hit a short floater down middle over defender

- Beaten by Frazier off dribble, but forced again into help conscious defender on strong-side short corner

- Good fake to come to ball and then went backdoor

- Good cut when defender doubled ball and he finished easy layin

- Ran floor, got outlet pass and drove straight to hoop, got fouled hit 1/2

- One dribble pull-up 3 on right 45 - Again smooth stroke

- Good entry pass over the top to big for easy layin 

- Beaten left by Frazier again, who finished reverse

- Runs floor well and spots up in transition, good look at 45 3 and nails it again - Has now hit 4 threes

- Good stutter off screen and speed turning the corner, fouled - FTs 2/2

- Curl, uses screen well, quick first step and gets to hoop down middle for layin

- Good boxout but couldn't get rebound 

NBA Comparison: Wesley Johnson

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: Early 2nd Round

Opinion: Jackson has become a very good 3-point shooter. While he is still afraid of attacking the rim, he has elite touch and should be able to carve out a successful career as a backup rotation player in the NBA.