Frank
Jackson
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6'3" / 205 lbs
School/Club: Duke
Status: Freshman
Birthday: May 4, 1998

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to New Orleans Pelicans

About Frank Jackson

When you play at Duke, it’s easy to get overlooked amid a roster loaded with five-star recruits and McDonald’s All-Americans, even when you’re a five-star recruit and a McDonald’s All-American. It’s not that Duke didn’t utilize Jackson—he was fourth on the team in scoring—but the Blue Devils had plenty of other players to take shots (Luke Kennard, Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum, etc.) and command headlines. Once Jackson was able to showcase himself at the NBA’s Chicago Combine, his outlook for the Draft rose markedly. After playing well in five-on-five drills, coming up with the second highest vertical leap of the week (42 inches) and interviewing well, teams where force to re-evaluate Jackson, and he was forced to re-evaluate his situation. In just one day at the combine, he went from a safe bet to return to school to signing with an agent.

Strengths

  • Explosive athlete
  • Aggressive
  • Excellent jump shooter
  • Can play either guard spot
  • Strong
  • Competes on defense

Weaknesses

  • Point guard skills need to be polished
  • Decision-making can get tighter

NBA projection: Jackson was impressive at the NBA’s Chicago Combine, prompting his decision to go all-in on the Draft. He’s now considered a possibility to be chosen late in the first round.

2016-17 Season
Jackson had his moments. He managed to lead a team with a bevy of offensive talent in scoring six times, including a season-high 22 points against Florida State. That was in the Blue Devils’ final home game on Feb. 28, and Jackson continued his strong play into March, averaging 13 points and shooting 51 percent from the field as Duke became the first team in ACC history to win four games in four days and capture the league tournament. Jackson earned all-tournament second-team honors.

Key statistics: 10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 tpg, 24.0 mpg, .473 FG, .395 3PT, .755 FT

Career Highlights: A part-time starter in his freshman year at Duke. Finished eighth on the Duke freshman history charts in three-pointers (51). Placed third in ACC Sixth Man of the Year voting, with three votes. A McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American as a high school senior. Played for the U.S. Junior National Select Team at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit game.

Cool statistic: Despite all the talent around him, Jackson managed to notch 20 double-figure scoring games as a freshman.

Reminds me of: C.J. McCollum

What Insiders Say
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

“He is an attacker. Frank is unbelievably talented and tough. Just the growth of a freshman and you could see it at Miami. He just was different; he was better. Just like with Jayson [Tatum], I mean Jayson has been good all year, but you could see in these last games, when we started winning, he was at another level. That’s what’s happening with Frank.”

What Outsiders Say
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla

"Frank Jackson is going to be a bargain at the end of the first round, because he's athletic, and he's a shooter and scorer, something the league covets.”

 

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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