UNC basketball star Justin Jackson is set to go pro.
On Thursday, the Tar Heels All-American forward announced that he will be forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2017 NBA. Jackson will be hiring an agent, so he has officially played his final game for North Carolina.
Jackson’s final season at the collegiate level included leading the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game and a national championship.
“I thank God, my coaches and teammates and the University of North Carolina for giving me this extraordinary opportunity,” Jackson said in a statement on the team’s official website.
“My family and I discussed my decision with Coach Williams and we agree that declaring for the NBA Draft is best for my career. I wouldn’t trade anything the last three years as a Tar Heel, especially getting the chance to win a national championship, which was unbelievable. I feel I made a good decision last year to come back for my junior year. That has put me in a much better position as a basketball player and a person. I’m proud to know I will always be a Tar Heel.”
Jackson is widely expected to be a top 15 pick in the draft.
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