Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson has opted to enter the NBA Draft, per a post on his Instagram.
I am blessed with the opportunity to say I will be declaring for the NBA Draft. It was an honor to represent such a great University and program. There have been many people who’ve helped me along this journey, and I’d like to thank my family, teammates, and coaches for shaping me to be the player and man I am today. The continuous support of the Notre Dame family has made these past three years unforgettable. a huge thank you to my foster family—you opened your home to me, gave me the best possible situation to be successful, and allowed me to open up and trust again. Words will never be enough to describe how you’ve helped me grow. And to all those who believed in me through the ups and downs, thank you. Not only do I have a place to call home with my foster family, but now another at Notre Dame. #NotDoneYet #574
A former four-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American from the South Bend area, Jackson developed into one of the more underrated scoring point guards in college basketball in three years with the Fighting Irish. He averaged 15.8 points and 4.7 assists per game in 2015-16, shooting 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from long range. Jackson also managed 1.2 steals per contest and did an excellent job of limiting his turnovers as well as staying out of foul trouble.
Jackson also upped his effort in the NCAA Tournament, posting 17.7 points per contest over Notre Dame’s four games while making 55 percent of his overall shots and 35 percent of his threes. He’s unlikely to be a first-round pick, at least at this point, but Jackson will certainly draw the interest of a great number of NBA teams and could up his stock once workouts and the NBA Scouting Combine come around.
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