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Jackson Makes His Case

Jackson Makes His Case

With Pitt riding some Senior Day emotion, the first 17 minutes of Saturday afternoon’s game were back-and-forth with neither team possessing more than a six-point lead. After Michael Young hit a 3-pointer following a Cameron Johnson pin-down screen (Luke Maye’s navigation of the screen was poor; he was obviously out of his defensive comfort zone here), the Panthers cut the Carolina lead to two at 30-28. Over the three minutes that remained before the halftime break, however, Justin Jackson stated…

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Justin Jackson’s Historic 3-Point Improvement

Justin Jackson’s Historic 3-Point Improvement

After making just 29.2% of his 120 3-pointer as a sophomore, Justin Jackson has improved to 39.4% on 178 attempts as a junior. That increase of 10.2 percentage points is obviously a healthy one. But where does it rank in ACC history among season-over-season improvements? The only caveat here is that a player must have at least 100 3-point attempts in each season to qualify for this list (to prevent cases like Donald Williams’ freshman-to-sophomore improvement in which he went…

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Carolina’s 3-Point Barrage

Carolina’s 3-Point Barrage

The Heels had season-highs in both made (14) and attempted (30) 3s on Thursday night against Virginia Tech, as the perimeter explosion fueled a PPP of 1.42—another season-best. Let’s give a quick rundown of those 30 attempts: By location: Left corner: 1-3 (Berry: 0-0, Jackson: 0-1, Others: 1-2) Left wing: 6-11 (Berry: 1-3, Jackson: 3-6, Others: 2-2) Top of key: 4-7 (Berry: 2-4, Jackson: 1-1, Others: 1-2) Right wing: 2-7 (Berry: 2-3, Jackson: 0-3, Others: 0-1) Right corner: 1-2 (Berry:…

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Ellington ’09 vs. Jackson ’17

Ellington ’09 vs. Jackson ’17

Last week, I ran a piece conducting a statistical comparison between Ty Lawson in 2009 and Joel Berry in 2017. This time around, let’s compare an ’09 wing to a ’17 one: Wayne Ellington and Justin Jackson. Although one (Ellington) was primarily a SG and the other (Jackson) mainly a SF, there’s not much difference in those wing roles offensively in Roy Williams’ system (other than the side they generally start on in the secondary break or box sets). Like…

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Jackson & Berry: Best-Shooting UNC Duo Ever?

Jackson & Berry: Best-Shooting UNC Duo Ever?

Justin Jackson and Joel Berry combined to make 6-of-11 3-pointers in the big home win over Florida State. That’s nothing new, though—that combo is shooting 41.5% (88-212) from behind the arc this season on a healthy 11.8 attempts per game (accounting for the two games that Berry missed). So how does that compare to the greatest Carolina 3-point shooting tandems of all-time? To answer that question, let’s use Points Above Replacement Shooter (PARS), a metric that combines shooting efficiency and…

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Justin Jackson’s Development as a Shooter

Justin Jackson’s Development as a Shooter

After making just 1.17 3-pointers / 40 minutes at a rate of 29.7% through his first two collegiate campaigns, Justin Jackson has improved those numbers to 3.17 and 38.7% after 17 games of his junior season. Both his 3-point volume (per-40) and efficiency have significantly increased season-over-season—a testament to the feedback he received from NBA scouts, and the hard work he put in all summer. But just how rare is it for a Tar Heel to make the type of…

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The Understated Elegance of Justin Jackson

The Understated Elegance of Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson’s game has never been flashy. Rather than explosive leaping ability or a lightning-quick first step, he relies on quick-release, odd-angle craftiness to score in the paint. Instead of blowing by or powering through to get to the rim, he’s more likely to use a subtle cut or baseline flash to receive a pass for a close score. That said, as Jackson continues to add legitimate 3-point range to his scoring arsenal, he’s now too good offensively to fly…

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Jackson, Berry, and Guarding Ball Screens

Jackson, Berry, and Guarding Ball Screens

Since my first attempt at breaking down the epic Carolina-Kentucky game ended up being nothing more than a “Defending Malik Monk” piece, I thought I’d take another crack at it. I think this will actually be a 3-part series: Part 3 will focus on Carolina’s transition defense, its late-game decision-making, and some other final thoughts on the UK game. Then, in the immortal words of Bill Belichick, it’ll be “on to Northern Iowa.” Jackson and Berry: In addition to teaming…

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