justin jackson #21 (maryland)

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Name: Justin Jackson

School: Maryland

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: Unranked (2016)

Birthdate: February 18, 1997 (almost 20)

Birthplace: East York, Ontario, Canada

Family: 

- Parents Paulet and David Jackson

- Has 2 sisters

High School:

- Findlay Prep

- The Hill Academy

Accolades:

- 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

- Played for Canada in U17 world championships at 15

- Played for Canada in U19 FIBA World Championships in Greece

- First Team All Star in Ontario Scholastics Basketball Association in 2016

- Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for January 23, 2017

Twitter: J5T4L_

Instagram: J5_ttre

Height: 6'7.5

Weight: 230

Wingspan: 7'3

Standing Reach: 8'7.5

Injury History: 

- Groin injury during 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Working on his body and shooting a lot

- Great interviewer, very honest

- Believes he can fight inside even though he is more of a perimeter player

- Likes shopping

- Christian - twitter says God1st

- Mentioned improving confidence in interview - could be a problem and the reason he is such a streaky 3 point shooter

Freshman Season Stats: Through 23 games

- 11.3 PPG

- 6.2 RPG

- 1 APG

- 0.9 BPG

- 0.8 SPG

- 47% FG

- 46% 3

- 70% FT

Position: PF

Greatest Strength: 3 point shooting + Length

Greatest Weakness: Experience

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 6

Speed: 7

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 6

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 7

Touch: 8

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 7

Blocks: 7

Pick and Roll: 

- Doesn't have quick feet but can show and recover because he has a High IQ - has good feel for the amount of help necessary

- Great pick and pop player

- Doesn't roll often, but is capable and has great pick and roll potential

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Poor perimeter defender

- Crazy length/wingspan

- Great rebounding potential

- A little lost in help defense - just needs time to adjust

- Good shot

- Good upside due to size, length, shooting

- Plays lethargic, needs to be more assertive - partially because he is simply a floor spacer on offense, Maryland has very ball dominant guards

- Aware help defender

- Consistently boxes out, but needs to improve strength

- Runs the floor well

- Capable passer

- Good basketball IQ

- Shows and recovers well

- Big hands

Game Analysis: 

Game 1

- vs. Purdue

- #12 Vince Edwards

- #50 Caleb Swanigan

- Early with strong side help - jumped, which he shouldn't have, butwas outside the paint

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 - hits 

- Nice defensive rebound - really long, must have crazy wingspan

- Beaten with right ball screen on the perimeter - ended up giving up layup - slow feet on perimeter

- Good post D on Edwards

- Great offensive rebounding positioning - boxed Edwards out

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - airball 

- Good help strongside and gets rebound - affected the shot with length

- Pick and roll, catches high post, dribbles with left and floats with right - hits, and 1 - FT 1/1

- Jabs right, drives left, missed floater - better athlete offensively than defensively

- Great defense on Swanigan forced a driving fadeaway

- Nice assist finding open shooter weakside baseline 

- Pulls up from right 45 - hits jumper

- With 2 seconds left and up 1 Jackson fouled Carsen Edwards on the drive - reached from behind, terrible foul 

Game 2

- vs. Ohio State

- #1 Jae'Sean Tate

- #0 Micah Potter

- #2 Marc Loving

- #32 Trevor Thompson

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - hits

- Fantastic drive left from right 45 and finishes with layup on right - long strides, covers a lot of distance

- Catch and shoot deep right 45 3 - hits

- Drives baseline, nice slip pass to Cekovsky at front of hoop

- Nice offensive rebound and putback floater - so long

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - hits

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 - miss

- Tipped pass which led to a steal in the lane

- Offensive rebound for putback layup

- Drives left from right 45, lays it in with right

- Beaten on the curl to the hoop by Tate

- Nice pass to Dodd rolling when Dodd's man was hedging on him

- Offensive rebound

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - hits

- Offensive rebound, fouled going up - FTs 2/2

- Defensive rebound

- Defensive rebound

- Catch and shoot left corner 3 - miss

NBA Comparison: Serge ibaka/Older Kevin Garnett

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 8

Projected Draft Spot: Mid-late 1st Round

Opinion: Jackson has great stretch 4 potential. He is a freaky long athlete that understands help defense and presents his body early. He is a very good 3 point shooter, capable of catching fire as he didagainst Minnesota and Ohio State in late January. Jackson does a good job of getting to the front of the rim and boxing out consistently. He is very young and needs to learn to play more assertive, but he has the character, athleticism, rebounding potential, and shooting to become a starting NBA PF.