North Carolina freshman wing Justin Jackson started for the second consecutive exhibition game on Friday night and had a standout performance for the Tar Heels in a 112-34 win over Belmont Abbey.
Jackson played a team-high 20 minutes and led the team with 16 points and added five rebounds and two assists and two blocked shots.
It looks like the 6-foot-8 wing has established himself as the team’s fifth starter along with Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks. Johnson’s advanced scoring gives the Tar Heels another weapon on offense and the co-MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game can pour in buckets from the mid-range or beyond the arc.
The Tar Heels still have plenty of talented freshmen coming off of the bench like Joel Berry and Theo Pinson and this starting five with Jackson now has multiple scorers. Williams said Jackson was also working on the defensive end and if he can be committed on that end as well, it will be a bonus.