The Kings drafted Justin Jackson out of North Carolina this year.
Another Justin Jackson, a Maryland sophomore, could have followed to the NBA next year.
Unfortunately for that Jackson, he’ll be sidelined the rest of the season.
Jackson is (was?) a potential first-round pick.
He’s a versatile forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan that would be useful in a switching defense. He looked much better last season while making 44% of his 3-pointers (46-for-105) before sliding to 25% (10-for-40) this season. That’s a small sample, and Jackson’s free-throw improvement (70% to 83%) offered hope for him as a shooter, though that’s also on a small sample.
Jackson declared for last year’s draft before withdrawing. He’ll face an interesting choice next June, when scouts must evaluate him on limited game exposure.