UNC forward Justin Jackson will return for his junior season, the program announced Monday.
Jackson had previously declared for the NBA draft, but did not hire an agent, thus making him eligible to return to the Tar Heels in 2016.
“I’m glad I had the chance to enter the Draft and attend the Combine where I was able to meet with a number of NBA executives and test my game against some of the top players in the country,” Jackson said in a statement. “But after discussing it with my parents and coaches and praying over this decision, the best choice for my basketball future is to return to school and play for the Tar Heels next season.”
Jackson finished fourth on the Tar Heels in scoring last season with 12.2 points per game. He was voted to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2014–15, while earning honorable mention All-ACC honors as a sophomore.
North Carolina fell to Villanova in the national championship game.