Maryland's Justin Jackson to skip NBA draft, stay in school

Maryland's Justin Jackson plays against Minnesota during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will return for his sophomore season after considering a move to the NBA.

The 6-foot-7 Jackson attended the NBA scouting combine and gathered information regarding his potential stock in the draft before deciding to stay in school.

In a statement released by Maryland on Wednesday, Jackson said his experience in the combine "will be beneficial to my long-term development."

Now he'll look to help the Terrapins improve upon last season's 24-9 record.

Jackson averaged 10.5 points and a team-high six rebounds as a freshman to help the Terps reach the NCAA Tournament. Maryland advanced to the NCAAs for a third straight season.

Coach Mark Turgeon expects Jackson to "develop as both a player and a person and be a major contributor to our program."

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