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44 - Justin Jackson

North Carolina 

  • Birthday: 3/28/95
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 195
  • Hometown: Spring, TX
  • High School: HCYA
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Overall

89

NBA Comparison: Rod Higgins

Strengths: Long and fluid athlete ... Solid length/wingspan for his position ... A versatile player who plays and defends multiple positions ... Brings a nice mix of scoring and court vision/passing ... Has a polished and smooth offensive game ... Great size for the small forward position at the next level ... Uses his combination of size and soft touch to efficiently score in the paint and around the basket ... Does a lot of his scoring from mid-range and in the painted area ... Possesses an effective and quick floater ... Shoots his floaters in a way that makes it difficult for defenders to anticipate ... Can easily rise up and knock down contested shots off over smaller defenders ... Effective scoring the ball from the paint/mid-range (due to his size) ... Has a scorer's mentality/instinct ... Can score in a variety of ways from all over the floor ... Packs a consistent and deadly mid-range pull-up jumper and floater off the bounce ... Consistently gets out into transition ... An opportunistic scorer on the fast break ... Like to run ahead of the pack ... Handles the ball well in transition and moves the ball ahead to rim runners ... Gets up and down the court in the hurry thanks to his long strides and sprinting ability ... Fills the lanes correctly ... Solid shooter ... Good spot up shooter from the 3-point line ... Has a smooth, quick release and nice hop on his jump shot ... Sets his feet and gets squared up ... Comfortable attacking the basket in the half court with his left or right hand ... Fluid when driving the basketball in a straight line ... Loves to attack closeouts from the perimeter ... Quick first step and long strides gain him a step on his defenders ... He likes to catch on the wing before taking a hard dribble or two towards the baseline and loft up a floater ... Has great play making, attacking and shooting ability when coming off screens ... Knows how to make plays from ball swings or kick outs ...When he gets to the basket he does a nice job of extending and using angles to find space for his shot ... His soft touch combined with his ability to find space actually makes him a great finisher even though he relies on the mid-range game so much ... He does a great job catching and finishing on the move near the hoop ... Effective without the ball in his hands...Moves fluidly ... Finds gaps in defenses and makes timely/quick cuts ... Excellent passing ability ... Court vision and size allows him to make passes that smaller wings cannot ... A good decision maker with the ball on dump-offs to big men and kick outs to shooters ... Capable of seeing over the top of the defense ... Distributes the ball well off the pick-and-roll ... Plays with a good pace and can change speeds off the pick-and-roll ... Effective passing to the roll man ... Recovers well on defense and takes up space ... Has a knack for cleaning up his teammates misses around the hoop ... Unselfish player ... Good feel for the game ... Plays within himself and within the offense ... Makes simple plays and doesn't try to do too much ... Plays with poise and doesn't let the defense force him into bad decisions ... His versatile skill set and unselfish approach to the game makes him a good fit for any team ... High basketball IQ ...

Weaknesses: Average run/jump athleticism ... Needs to show that he can bring more toughness to the game on both ends ... Thin body frame ... Needs to continue to fill out his frame and get stronger ... There's a question of how much mass can his frame hold ... Not a physical player ... Needs to work on gaining some explosiveness ... Gets knocked out of position easily when he gets hit ... He avoids contact when driving to the rim ... Often loses concentration when he's crowded around the basket ... Fails to get all the way to the basket or the free throw line because he lacks strength and explosiveness ... Doesn’t have the type of bounce to jump into defenders, re-adjust and finish ... Stops short and often turns down open lanes to the rim ... Tends to take runners, long floaters, and short pull-up jumpers in the lane instead of shots at the rim ... Capable of scoring at the rim when he does get there, but isn't as effective finishing in traffic vs. size/length ... At times, he shoots too many fades or sideways jumpers when bigs meet him at the rim ... Lack of strength stops him from being able to keep defenders on his hip ... Can still show improvement with being able to get to his shot off the bounce ... A good handle on the ball, but not overly advanced ... Bigger and stronger wings can contain him on the perimeter and impede his driving ability ... Lacks the ball-handling needed to thrive in isolation but he has enough control to probe in pick and roll ... Has the height to play the four position but can be over-matched by stronger power forwards ... Has good mechanics on his jumper, but he's a better shooter off the catch than he is off the bounce ... Doesn't have the best rotation on the ball ... Needs to extend his shooting range and make 3-pointers more consistently ... Needs to work on 3-point shooting ... Consistency with shot rotation needs improvement ... Defensively, he may have some issues containing NBA-size small forwards ... His defensive stance and body frame are both hunched ... Needs to work on his lower body strength ... Hips aren't flexible and his defensive stance is stiff and upright ... Struggles when guarding quicker wings because he can't change speeds in short spaces ... Has to work on his lateral quickness ... Sometimes gets caught playing defense on his heels ... Tends to get caught on a lot of off ball screens due to his thin frame and average defensive awareness ... Not an awful defender but does have a lot to work on ... Doesn't assert himself on the defensive boards ... Can get pushed around on the glass ... Age may be a concern for some scouts and pro teams (will turn 21 this school year as a sophomore) ...

Overall: After a successful freshman campaign with the Tar Heels, Jackson entered this season as a noteworthy prospect for next year's draft. Last season, Jackson averaged 10.7 points on 47 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. This season, he's currently at 14.1 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. The Texas native has a variety of ways in which he can put the ball in the hoop. His natural scoring ability combined with his size and feel for the game makes him an intriguing prospect to keep track off during this season. One area he really needs to work on is his 3-point shooting. As a freshman, he shot just 30 percent from long range. This season he's down to 28 percent, so far. Defensively, he has the physical tools to eventually become a solid defender but needs to sure up a few things on that end. His continuing physical development will be key to his progression as a defender. Right now, though, defense looks like it may be a major weakness at the next level (aside from his shooting if it doesn't improve). His physical development will also play a big role in his ability to withstand contact finish in traffic offensively. With that said, Jackson is still without a doubt an appealing draft prospect (as a mid-late first round pick) for next year's draft or beyond.

Notes: Measured 6'7 (in shoes) 168 lbs, with a 6'9 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'7 (in shoes) 173 lbs (said 273, but obviously a typo), with a 6'9.5 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'8 (in shoes) 189 lbs, with a 6'9.5 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Measured 6’8.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’10’’ wingspan and 200 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ...

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