New Mexico Lobo Vance Jackson has declared for the 2019 NBA draft, per his social media. He will maintain eligibility to continue his college basketball career.
— VanceJackson (@VanceJackson1) April 3, 2019
Expectations were high for the 6’9″ guard/forward before the 2018-19 campaign. He sat out during the previous season due to NCAA transfer rules (he was a UConn transfer).
Jackson was named the Mountain West Preseason Newcomer of the Year, but while he had a couple shining moments throughout the season, he really stood out with his performance during the 2019 MW Tournament. The redshirt sophomore collected 26 points against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first round and 25 points against the Utah State Aggies, the tournament champions, in the second. This earned him a spot on the MW All-Tournament team.
He has played 32 games as a Lobo, 16 of those as a starter, averaging 27.8 minutes. He averaged double digits in the offense this season at 13.1 points per game.