Duke point guard Frank Jackson will keep his name in the NBA Draft, signing with an agent and giving up his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility, according to reports from The Vertical and ESPN.
Jackson averaged 10.9 points and 1.7 assists while shooting 39.5 percent from three for the Blue Devils playing primarily off-the-ball as a freshman. A projected second round pick, Jackson joins Jayson Tatum, Luke Kennard and Harry Giles III as the fourth player to enter the NBA Draft early. Grayson Allen opted to return to school.
The question for Duke now is whether or not they are going to land point guard Trevon Duval, a top five player in the Class of 2017. Duke is thought to be the leader for Duval, meaning that he would immediately take over the point guard role that Jackson coveted. And with Allen returning, Jackson would then be the second-best wing in Duke’s back court.
With Jackson gone, Duke is down to nine scholarship players.