Justin Jackson

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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UNC Scores Final 12 Points to Fend Off Upset-Minded Arkansas, Advance to Sweet 16

The recipe for disaster was all there for the top-seeded Tar Heels during Sunday’s 72-65 win over No. 8 seed Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. UNC watched a 17-point first-half lead slowly dwindle away thanks to the high-pressure Razorback defense, while stars Justin Jackson and Joel Berry went colder than the North Pole in the winter time. Offensive rebounds became scarce, and turnovers became abundant. Just a day after defending national champion Villanova was sent packing, Arkansas looked poised to hand the Tar Heels a similar fate when it took a five-point lead with 3:28 to play....

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Growth and Experience Motivating UNC Prior to NCAA Tournament Opener

When top-seeded UNC begins its NCAA Tournament run Friday against No. 16-seed Texas Southern, six of its top contributors from last year’s run to the championship game will be back out on the court again for a good portion of playing time. Although Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson won’t be walking through the door, the rest of this veteran Tar Heel squad will finally get a chance to show the nation what folks in Chapel Hill have spent all year paying attention to. While boasting many similarities to last year’s squad—mainly the names and faces—this group of Tar Heels...

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Duke Erases 13-Point Second Half Deficit, Stuns UNC in ACC Tournament Semifinals

For the first 25 minutes of Friday’s UNC-Duke showdown in Brooklyn as part of the ACC Tournament Semifinals, it appeared the top-seeded Tar Heels would pound the Blue Devils into the ground with their inside play. Then point guard Joel Berry went to the bench with his fourth foul and the entire game changed—as Duke rallied from 13 points down to win 93-83. Freshman standout Jayson Tatum led the Blue Devils with 24 points in the game, while First Team All-ACC guard Luke Kennard scored 15 of his 20 points during Duke’s second half comeback. Grayson Allen also added...

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Hicks, UNC Surge Past Miami in Second Half, Move On to ACC Semifinals

Criticized throughout his four-year career as a Tar Heel for an inability to stay out of foul trouble, UNC senior forward Isaiah Hicks stepped up in a big way Thursday in Brooklyn during the team’s 78-53 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Hicks led UNC with 19 points in the game, while grabbing six rebounds and committing just one foul. In a bit of poetic justice, the Oxford native did most of his damage offensively as a result of getting fouled himself–sinking all nine of his free throw attempts. He also scored 13 of his 19 points...

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Sporting News Selects Justin Jackson as First Team All-American

As the men’s college basketball awards begin to pour in ahead of the postseason, UNC junior wing Justin Jackson continues to have his name called. Not long after becoming the 14th Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Year, Jackson was named a First Team All-American by the Sporting News on Monday. Emerging as UNC’s go-to scoring option early in the season, the native of Tomball, Texas displayed an inside-outside versatility matched by few players across the country. He averaged 18.3 points per game during the regular season, leading the Tar Heels to a 26-6 record with a...

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ACC Names Justin Jackson Player of the Year, Joel Berry Makes Second Team All-Conference

Following the conclusion of the ACC men’s basketball regular season on Saturday, the league released its postseason awards selections on Sunday. UNC junior wing Justin Jackson was selected as the conference Player of the Year–beating out Wake Forest forward John Collins by nine points in the voting. The 6-foot-8 native of Tomball, Texas also made the All-ACC First Team with more votes than all but Duke guard Luke Kennard–who was a unanimous selection. Jackson is the 14th Tar Heel to win the ACC Player of the Year, and first since Tyler Zeller earned the honor in 2012. His 18.3...

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