From foster system to the NBA: Demetrius Jackson is ready for life’s next challenge


Notre Dame junior point guard Demetrius Jackson is leaving school immediately to prepare for the NBA Draft Combine in May and will sign with an agent in the coming weeks in hopes of becoming a 1st round lottery pick in the NBA Draft in June.

Jackson dazzled us a high school superstar at Marian and then stayed home to play for Mike Brey at Notre Dame. In three seasons, he’s helped change the culture of the Irish basketball program, leading Notre Dame to Elite 8 each of the last two seasons.

“When I was in high school people would talk about how Notre Dame would lose in the first round every year and things like that, but people don’t say that about us anymore,” Jackson said Wednesday.

Now Demetrius is ready for the next challenge in life and that’s the NBA.

“a dream come true, and it’s been my goal for such a long time, so to be able to have the opportunity to kind of reach that goal, just an amazing feeling,” Jackson explained.

On the verge of reaching the NBA, what would a young Demetirus be thinking right now?

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