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Maryland Sophomore Justin Jackson Declaring For NBA Draft

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COLLEGE PARK, MD - MARCH 3: General view of the arena from above during the ACC basketball game between the University of Virginia Cavaliers and the University of Maryland Terrapins at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland. The Terrapins defeated the Cavaliers 112-92. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2002 Getty Images. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Maryland sophomore forward Justin Jackson has made his NBA Draft decision. He's turning pro.

The former four-star recruit announced his professional plans this evening. He says he's ready to focus full-time on his basketball career.

Jackson, a second-year player for the Terps, suffered a season-ending injury at the end of 2017. His loss was a major one for the Terrapins, who missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.

His NBA Draft stock is an unsure one. Jackson was pretty highly thought of after his freshman campaign, but opted to return to school.

Jackson hasn't played in a game since December and is likely at-best a second-round prospect.

DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony first broke the news.

"After talking with my family and weighing my options, it’s my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in pro basketball," Jackson told Givony.

The 2018 NBA Draft is set to take place on June 21.