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Justin Jackson Declares For 2017 NBA Draft, But Does Not Hire Agent

The Terps could see a player leave campus this offseason.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

According to numerous reports, Maryland rising sophomore Justin Jackson has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. However, he has declined to hire an agent, indicating that he still could still return to College Park next season.

Maryland was one of the Big Ten's most pleasant surprises last season. Despite losing so many key pieces, the Terrapins found a win to go 24-9 overall and make it to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. It was one of the most important years of head coach Mark Turgeon's tenure with the school.

Jackson, of course, was a major part of that success. As a true freshman, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game. Jackson also had some impressive games down the stretch, scoring double-digits in three of the team's final six games.

As a recruit, Jackson arrived on campus with a great deal of attention. He was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and was viewed by many as the best prospect in an impressive 2016 class for Maryland. With his unique combination of athleticism and size, most figured he would make an immediate impact for the Terrapins.

While most expect Jackson to return to campus next fall, this should be an interesting few weeks. DraftExpress rates him as the No. 23 freshman prospect in the country, which should at least get him some attention. The question will just be whether he can 'wow' some scouts in interviews and workouts in the coming weeks.

Nonetheless, regardless of whether Jackson decides to stay or leave, Maryland fans will have to wait on pins and needless in the immediate future to see what decision the wing will make.