2016 guard Frank Jackson entered the summer as one of the top prospects in the entire class, and he more than backed up that status playing with the Utah Prospects grassroots program in July. Wednesday night it was reported by the Salt Lake Tribune that the five-star guard has trimmed his list down to four schools.
The schools that made the cut are BYU, Duke, Stanford and Utah, and the 6-foot-4 Jackson has an official visit to Duke scheduled for this upcoming weekend.
The Lone Peak HS senior can play either on or off the basketball, and his offensive versatility would be an asset to any of the four teams remaining on his list. Duke is relatively young on the perimeter, with junior Matt Jones being the lone upperclassman and sophomore Grayson Allen and freshmen Derryck Thornton Jr., Luke Kennard and Brandon Ingram completing the group.
Duke has also received a verbal commitment from five-star wing Jayson Tatum, and the addition of Jackson would solidify their backcourt for the 2016-17 campaign.
As for BYU, the Cougars add Nick Emery to their rotation this season after he spent the last two years on his LDS mission and T.J. Haws will be returning from his mission next spring. But they do have to account for the eventual loss of both Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer, who will be seniors in 2015-16.
Like BYU, Utah will have some personnel losses to account for on the perimeter in the 2016 recruiting class, with Brandon Taylor and Dakarai Tucker (Jordan Loveridge too if you want to include him in this group) all entering their senior season. Stanford enters the 2015-16 season with just one scholarship senior in its perimeter rotation (Christian Sanders), and they’ll retain the likes of Robert Cartwright, Marcus Allen and Dorian Pickens beyond the 2015-16 campaign.
Regardless of what the personnel situation may be at each of the four schools left on his list, Jackson is the kind of difference-maker who would earn significant playing time immediately upon his arrival.