"​Once a Tar Heel, always a ​Tar Heel" has never rung truer.


Though his work on the court at Carolina is certainly done, cemented with a banner, ​Justin Jackson still had one final task to accomplish: finishing his UNC degree.


After his second season in the NBA, Jackson has made that official. He's a Carolina graduate as of this weekend, finishing things up with Luke Maye and Kenny Williams, two ballers who were a year behind him, by his side.

​​Of course, JJax and Kenny have always had a special relationship, with Jackson vowing (successfully) to make Williams his first hug after a 2017 title game that the defensive specialist spent on the bench in street clothes.

​​These Heels provided Carolina fans with a lifetime of memories, and watching Jackson fulfill a lifelong dream only made an emotional weekend that much harder to get through dry-eyed.