Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson declares for the NBA Draft


Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson will forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2016 NBA Draft. The second-team All-ACC honoree released a statement through the school on Tuesday night.

“I am blessed with the opportunity to say I will be declaring for the NBA Draft,” Jackson said. “It was an honor to represent such a great University and program. There have been many people who’ve helped me along this journey, and I’d like to thank my family, teammates, and coaches for shaping me to be the player and man I am today.”

As a junior with the Irish, Jackson averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. The Mishawaka, Indiana, native stepped into a much greater role this season, filling the void left by 2015 NBA first-round draft pick Jerian Grant. projects Jackson as the No. 11 overall pick in this summer’s draft. He would become Notre Dame’s third player taken in the NBA Draft in two years.