Maryland Terrapins sophomore forward Justin Jackson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, head coach Mark Turgeon said on Thursday.
Jackson has had a down season compared to his freshman campaign due to the shoulder injury. He averaged 10.5 points per game last season, but is averaging 9.8 points in 11 games this season and his three-point shooting has dropped from 43.8 percent last season to 25 percent this season.
Turgeon said Jackson suffered the injury prior to arriving at Maryland and reaggravated it a lot this year. He will undergo surgery “sometime soon.”
“We’ve known he’s been hurt for awhile,” Turgeon said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “Ever since we started sitting him out, we knew he had an injury, and it was something we thought he could play through. But we just decided over Christmas that it’s not in the best interest of Justin, and that we were going to go ahead and do the surgery.”
Jackson entered the season projected by many to be a first-round pick in the NBA Draft after an impressive performance at last year’s NBA Draft Combine. Instead, his stock has started to fall as a result of the shoulder injury and has been mentioned recently as a second-round draft pick.
It’s unclear how the surgery will impact his status in the NBA Draft, but it will likely drop his stock down teams’ draft boards if he decides to leave school after this season.