CHAPEL HILL – First-team All-America and ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson was the 15th player selected in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft Thursday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Portland Trailblazers selected Jackson. Media reports from the NBA Draft, however, indicate Jackson’s rights will be traded to the Sacramento Kings later this evening.
Jackson is the 48th Tar Heel selected in NBA Draft first round history. UNC has the most first-round selections in NBA Draft history.
The Tomball, Texas, native is the 17th Tar Heel to play for head coach Roy Williams drafted in the first round. Williams has coached 28 first-round picks – 11 at Kansas and 17 at North Carolina.
Overall, Jackson is the 111th Tar Heel selected in the NBA Draft, third most among any school in the nation.
Jackson averaged 18.3 points and set a single-season school record with 105 three-pointers in leading the Tar Heels to an ACC regular-season title and the sixth NCAA championship in UNC history.
Jackson is the first Tar Heel ever drafted by Portland.
Former Tar Heel and Bob Cousy Award winner Ty Lawson also plays for the Sacramento Kings. Jackson, Lawson (2009) and Lennie Rosenbluth (2017) are the only three Tar Heels to win ACC Player-of-the-Year honors and win an NCAA championship in the same season.