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Men’s Basketball

Former Irish guard Demetrius Jackson signs NBA deal with Boston Celtics

| Thursday, July 28, 2016

Former Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson signed his first NBA contract, inking a deal with the Boston Celtics, which was announced by the team Wednesday night.

While the Celtics did not release details of the contract, the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reported the Mishawaka native agreed to a four-year, $5.5 million deal, with the final year a team option.

Jackson, 21, who many projected as a first-round pick, was drafted with the 45th overall pick by the Celtics in last month’s NBA Draft. Across eight NBA Summer League outings this month, Jackson averaged 5.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Former Irish guard Demetrius Jackson dribbles up the court during a 83-81 victory against Virginia Tech on Jan. 20. Jackson recently signed a rookie contract with the Boston Celtics. Emmet Farnan | The Observer

Former Irish guard Demetrius Jackson dribbles up the court during a 83-81 victory against Virginia Tech on Jan. 20. Jackson recently signed a rookie contract with the Boston Celtics.

During his time at Notre Dame, Jackson was a part of two consecutive Elite Eight appearances and served as a captain in his junior season. In his final campaign with the Irish, Jackson was named to the Second All-ACC Team and the NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team while averaging 16.4 points and 4.6 assists per game. Jackson shot over 38 percent from 3-point range in his college career and enters a deep Boston backcourt headlined by Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley.

Though a second-round pick, Jackson’s rookie contract, which will see him earn an average of around $1.4 million per year, puts him largely in-line monetarily with players selected late in the first round.

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