Justin Jackson

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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Luke Maye’s Late Jumper Downs Kentucky, Sends UNC to the Final Four

Big time players. Make big time plays. In big time games. UNC sophomore forward Luke Maye showed Sunday night in Memphis he is indeed, a big time player, as his jumper from the left wing with 0.3 seconds remaining gave the top-seeded Tar Heels a thrilling 75-73 victory over the No. 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA South Regional Final–and earned the program a trip to its 20th Final Four. The shot gave Maye a career-high 17 points off the bench for head coach Roy Williams, who saw his infamous “no-timeout” strategy pay off with great success. Kentucky...

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Stars Shine, Maye Comes Up Big, as UNC Cruises Into Elite Eight With Win Over Butler

Having stared death right in the eyes during their tight NCAA Tournament Second Round win over Arkansas last weekend, the top-seeded Tar Heels came out with new life in their Sweet 16 showdown against No. 4 seed Butler on Friday night. UNC wasted no time asserting its dominance in all phases of the game, as it advanced to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over the Bulldogs at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Point guard Joel Berry appeared to be at 100 percent following a recent ankle injury, pouring in a team-high 26 points for the Tar Heels while...

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NABC Selects Justin Jackson as First Team All-American

UNC junior wing Justin Jackson was named a First Team All-American on Friday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The 2017 ACC Player of the Year also clinched consensus First Team All-American honors since he was already selected to the Sporting News’ First Team–another of the four organizations used by the NCAA to determine consensus All-Americans. Jackson was previously named a Second Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association, while the Associated Press will release its team next week. He is the third Tar Heel to earn consensus First Team honors under head coach Roy Williams–joining...

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