Jermaine Jackson Jr. leaving CMU to begin professional career

Detroit grad student Jermaine Jackson Jr. drives against Toledo, Tuesday, Jan. 4, in McGuirk Arena.

 With half a season remaining, Central Michigan Basketball has lost a key player for good. Jermanie Jackson Jr. announced his withdrawal from CMU to start his professional career. 

The senior guard made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday. 

This was Jackson's first season at CMU after transferring from Long Island University. Jackson made impressions at CMU scoring the winning basket against Eastern Illinois in the final seconds to give the Chippewas their first win of the season. 

Jackson has made strides in his short time at CMU. He reached 1,000 points in his college career against Kent State in the Chippewas first Mid-American Conference win. Jackson averaged 11.4 points a game.

He also spent time at two other universities prior to CMU. He began his college career at Detroit Mercy, where he was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman team at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. Following that year, he transferred to LIU. 

After sitting out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer requirements, he spent two seasons at LIU and averaged 12.7 points per game.