Fifty college basketball players across the country were named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List on Wednesday afternoon.
For the third straight season a Maryland Terp was listed as a player to contend for the coveted award. Sophomore Justin Jackson was named to list along with the nation’s best. He was one of eight sophomores to get the recognition.
The Naismith Trophy Award is given to the top Player of the Year throughout all of Division I college basketball. There will be a mid-season team released in February trimming down to the top 30 players before selecting the honoree in April.
Last season in the Terrapins 24-9 season, Jackson was a huge part in getting the team to the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. Leading the team in rebounds (6.0 per game) and finishing second and points (10.5 per game), the 6-7 forward is primed for another stellar season.
This year Jackson will be playing without one of the best to play in College Park, Melo Trimble. Pairing Jackson with fellow sophomore Anthony Cowan Jr., it is fair to say the offense will be split between those two. Being a threat from all over the court, defenses will have trouble containing.
Additionally, Jackson was a selection to the All-Big Ten preseason team and named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year watch list.
Maryland tips-off their 2017-18 campaign in New York against Stony Brook on Friday night.