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Justin Jackson likely to declare for NBA draft

He has not hired an agent and could still return to UNC.

<p>Guard Justin Jackson (44) shoots from underneath the basket.&nbsp;</p>
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Guard Justin Jackson (44) shoots from underneath the basket. 

ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman reported on Wednesday that the sophomore wing is expected to declare for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

In January, the NCAA changed its rules to allow underclassmen to evaluate their NBA draft status while also maintaining eligibility.

A season ago, players who declared for the draft had until April 16 to withdraw their names from the draft list. Now, under the new rules, players have until 10 days after the NBA draft combine to do so.

This year, that date is May 25. The NBA draft combine starts in Chicago on May 11 and ends on May 15.

“I think that some of our guys will try to go to the (draft) combine, will declare and not hire an agent, and see how they play in the combine,” said Williams on Tuesday.

“And I have no problem with that. If I were the father of some of our players, I’d get them to do the same thing.”

As a sophomore, Jackson finished fourth on the Tar Heels in scoring with 12.2 points per game.

He also averaged 3.9 rebounds per contest, shot 29.2 percent on 3-pointers and shot 66.7 percent from the free throw line.



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