After three years in a North Carolina uniform, Justin Jackson has found his next home in Sacramento.
The Kings selected the 6-foot-8 junior forward with the No. 15 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Jackson is the 111th draft pick in UNC history and the 22nd under head coach Roy Williams. He’s also the 17th first-round pick Williams has coached.
Jackson, a Tomball, Tex., product, leaves North Carolina as one of the most decorated players in school history. Last season, he averaged a team-high 18.3 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. He made 105 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting, breaking a record that had stood for 20 years (Shammond Williams, 95 3-pointers in 1996-97 season).
The Kings have a strong starter at small forward in Rudy Gay, who averaged a team-high 18.7 points per game but only played in 30. Jackson will likely contend for minutes with players like slashers Tyreke Evans, Ben McLemore and Garrett Temple and sharpshooter Buddy Hield.
As postseason play began, Jackson racked up even more accolades. He was the , a first-team All-ACC selection and a consensus first-team All-American. He averaged 19.5 points per game, again, a team high, during the Tar Heels’ six-game run to their sixth .