This news comes as no surprise. Jackson was widely expected to be a one-and-done prospect. Out of high school, he was ranked as the sixth-best recruit in the nation by 247Sports Composite.
Jackson’s lone season with the Gamecocks was a mixed bag. He averaged 15.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks, while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three.
As a team, the Gamecocks struggled, as they finished with a 11-21 overall record.
Jackson is projected by many outlets to be a first-round pick. At the moment, Tankathon has him going 22nd overall in their latest mock draft. The 18-year-old has size, athleticism, and shooting ability. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor compared him to a “nimble Marcus Morris“.
For the Gamecocks, Jackson represents their sixth loss of the offseason. They have already lost five players to the transfer portal.