Is Justin Jackson making a case to rise?

The North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday, and if the Tar Heels want to advance, they’ll need Justin Jackson to continue to perform.

Justin Jackson (44) driving on Duke forward Jayson Tatum (0). Photo credit: Brad Penner- USA TODAY Sports

The 6–8 forward put up 24 points against Butler, and is averaging 20 points per game in the tournament thus far.

The third-year player has seen his scoring rise from 10.7 ppg in his first year all the way up to 18.2 ppg this year and his 3-point percentage rise to 38 percent compared to 30 percent in his freshman year, and with his performance this tournament, could we see his draft status rise as well? Time will tell, but if UNC takes the entire tournament, maybe we could see that idea come to fruition. Right now, Jackson is projected to be a late first round pick.

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