Monday April 3, 2017 is a day North Carolina fans will remember forever. The Tar Heels beat Gonzaga 71-65 in Glendale, Arizona to win college basketball’s national championship and capture the program’s sixth title.
It was redemption for the Heels after losing the National Championship in 2016 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer to Villanova 77-74.
Justin Jackson has been the top player all season long for UNC, leading them in scoring and winning the ACC Player of the Year award.
Monday Night, Jackson scored 16 points to go along with 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. He struggled from outside going 0-9 from three-point range but Justin had the last laugh as his go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left helped wipe away a year of heartache in bringing his team a championship.
Jackson is a believer in Jesus Christ. His twitter page says “l’m a Christ follower who’s in desperate need of my Savior, Jesus Christ each and everyday.”
WALKING with God isn't easy or comfortable, but it's worth it!! #ThankYouLord
— Justin Jackson (@JJacks_44) June 30, 2016
Justin spoke to the media prior to Monday Night’s championship game about how important God is to him. “My faith is the biggest thing for me. Basketball will fail you. Everything else in life in my opinion will fail you,” says Jackson. “I say a prayer before every game and it’s always God’s will. That’s why I wrote it on my shoes to remind me.”