It was announced after practice that forward Justin Jackson will miss the remainder of the 2017-2018 Basketball season.
The Sophomore from Canada has been in and out of the lineup during non-conference play, but has not played since Maryland’s December 7th game against Ohio.
Jackson returned to College Park after a rather exceptional freshman season in hopes to fine tune his game before opting for the NBA Draft. This season, however, has been a rather down year for Jackson statistically.
He is shooting just 36 percent from the field and scoring 9.8 points per game. His other stats are up all around, but NBA teams will need more point production if he wants to be drafted.
Head Coach Mark Turgeon told the Washington Post, “We’ve known he’s been hurt for a while. Ever since we started sitting him out, we knew he had an injury and it was something we thought he could play through. But we just decided over Christmas that it wasn’t in the best interest of Justin.”
With Jackson officially out, Maryland will rely even heavier on Kevin Huerter to carry the workload needed at the three position. Fans can also expect to see more Joshua Tomaic, who has proven his ability to be an all around player despite standing at six foot and nine inches tall.
Turgeon will now have the option to explore more small or large lineups during Big Ten play. Huerter can play anywhere from the two, possibly to the four spot. His stamina will be tested in conference play, which kicks off on January second against Penn State.
The Terrapins have one game remaining in non-conference play with UMBC visiting College Park on December 29th.