Justin Jackson

Vince Carter Signs With Sacramento Kings, Will Play 20th NBA Season

Over the course of his storied career, former UNC men’s basketball star Vince Carter has certainly lived up to his “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” nickname and then some. It’s at the point now, however, where it’d be reasonable to wonder if Carter is actually a human at all. The 40-year-old agreed Thursday to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sacramento Kings–a deal which will take him into his 20th NBA season. He’ll join a Kings roster which will include the 15th overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, Justin Jackson. Jackson–who was a First Team All-American and the ACC Player...

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UNC Awards Patterson Medals to Justin Jackson, Hayley Carter and Ryan Switzer

Three of UNC’s top athletes from this past year were recognized Tuesday for their outstanding achievements, as they were awarded the Patterson Medals–the school’s most prestigious athletic honor. Based primarily on career accomplishments, this year’s winners were: Justin Jackson (men’s basketball), Hayley Carter (women’s tennis) and Ryan Switzer (football). Jackson was named ACC Player of the Year this past season, on the way to leading the Tar Heels to the 2017 NCAA Championship. The wiry forward–now with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings–helped UNC win 92 games during his three years on campus, including a 13-2 record in the NCAA Tournament....

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Justin Jackson to Sacramento Kings with No. 15 Pick

Former UNC forward Justin Jackson was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 15th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Kings traded with the Portland Trailblazers to acquire the pick and select Jackson. Jackson left UNC after his junior year when he won Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors and was a consensus first-team All-American while leading Carolina to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Jackson is the 48th UNC player to be chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft, according to the university. Jackson’s jersey will be honored in the rafters...

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Joel Berry, Theo Pinson Join Tony Bradley in Testing NBA Draft Process

UNC officially confirmed Monday morning that juniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson–as well as freshman Tony Bradley–will each put their names into the NBA Draft process following Sunday’s deadline for underclassmen to declare. None of the three players have hired an agent, however, leaving the door open for any of them to return after receiving evaluations. “We fully support our players taking this step of being evaluated by NBA teams to see where they stand in relation to the Draft,” head coach Roy Williams said. “All three players have options to do what is best for their careers and...

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Justin Jackson Earns MVP Honors at UNC’s Team Awards Ceremony

Junior wing Justin Jackson was honored as the Dean Smith Most Valuable Player Tuesday night at the Carolina Inn, which played host to the UNC men’s basketball team’s annual awards ceremony. The award is the latest addition to the trophy case for the 6-foot-8 native of Tomball, Texas–who was already named a consensus First Team All-American and became just the third Tar Heel to earn ACC Player of the Year and win a national championship in the same year. Both Jackson and point guard Joel Berry–the Most Outstanding Player of this year’s Final Four–will have their jerseys honored in the...

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Justin Jackson Declares For NBA Draft, Will Hire an Agent

Having spoiled fans in Chapel Hill for three years with his talents on the basketball court, UNC junior wing Justin Jackson announced Thursday he will forego his senior season and enter this June’s NBA Draft. Jackson will also hire an agent, which means he can not reverse his decision. The 6-foot-8 native of Tomball, Texas was named a consensus First Team All-American, the ACC Player of the Year and was UNC’s leading scorer this season, at 18.3 points per game. His 105 three-pointers were the most any Tar Heel has ever made in a single season, while his 731...

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This Group of Tar Heels Carves Out Their Spot Among School’s All-Time Greats

As the clock hit triple zeroes Monday night in Phoenix—a moment that officially completed UNC’s quest for national championship redemption—this group of Tar Heels officially sealed their place in the program’s history books. Head coach Roy Williams surpassed the late, great Dean Smith with his third national championship in Chapel Hill—but he was the first to admit it’s the players who win the games, shying away from any comparisons to his mentor when interviewed afterward. “I think of Coach Smith, there’s no question,” an emotional Williams said. “I don’t think I should be mentioned in the same sentence with...

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Clutch Rebounding Helps UNC Fend Off Oregon, Earn Shot at NCAA Championship Redemption

All season long, UNC made its living as the best rebounding team in America. As it turns out, the Tar Heels needed every last rebound they could get during Saturday night’s NCAA Semifinal in Phoenix. Theo Pinson and Kennedy Meeks came up with two critical offensive boards in the final seconds, which helped UNC close out a 77-76 victory over No. 3 seed Oregon. Both teams struggled to make shots all game long, with the exception of the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Meeks—who ate up the undersized Ducks with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Eight of Meeks’ rebounds came on the...

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Final Four Matchup vs. Oregon Presents UNC With a Look in the Mirror

From the very beginning of this season, the Tar Heels have wanted nothing more than to avenge last year’s loss in the NCAA Title game. Now in Phoenix for the Final Four, UNC is on the doorstep of doing just that—however head coach Roy Williams is making it a point to remind his players that there’s a tough Oregon team hoping to crush those dreams on Saturday night. By now, plenty has been written about the group text shared by the Tar Heel players—one stored in each player’s phone as “Redemption.” Not only did the Tar Heels return six...

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Justin Jackson Named AP First Team All-American

The honors continue to roll in for UNC junior wing Justin Jackson, who has put forth an outstanding season for the Tar Heels–who are in the midst of their second straight Final Four appearance. On Tuesday, Jackson was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press–the third group to choose him as a First Team All-American since the end of the regular season. Voting for the AP’s team takes into account a player’s body of work all the way through the conference tournaments. The versatile 6-foot-8 swingman previously earned First Team honors from the Sporting News and the...

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