COLLEGE PARK, MD — After being sidelined for the past three games, it was revealed on Thursday afternoon that forward Justin Jackson has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The injury will sideline Jackson for the rest of the 2017-18 season.
Head coach Mark Turgeon made the announcement during practice on Thursday and said that the team has been waiting to see the severity of the sophomore’s injury. “After evaluating Justin’s shoulder over the past few weeks – which included extensive rehabilitation and rest , we feel the best course of action is for Justin to move forward with surgery.”
Jackson played in 11 games this season, averaging 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He enjoyed a great deal of success in his freshman season and even garnered some attention when the NBA draft rolled around. The Toronto native decided to return to Maryland for his sophomore year and was expected to be one of the leaders of the young team as he continued to grow as a player.
This injury is devastating to say the least. Not only for Jackson, but for the team as a whole. Conference play is about to start as the new year approaches, but the Terps will have to rely on their other sophomores, Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan, to carry the weight. In addition to this, the freshman will have to make some big improvements if Maryland is going to secure a trip to the NCAA tournament.
“Justin has an extremely bright future,” said Turgeon. “And I am confident he will continue to be an outstanding and impactful basketball player.”
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