Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported that Frank Jackson is planning on coming back for his sophomore season. This has been an eventful offseason for the Blue Devils. Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and Luke Kennard have all declared for the draft and will sign with agents. Chase Jeter and Sean Obi have elected to transfer and Marques Bolden, like Allen, has decided not to test the NBA draft waters and will remain in Durham for 2017-18.
Jackson helps solves point guard concerns for Duke next season. Without him, you’re likely looking at Allen shouldering the ball-handling duties. Playing out of position this past season was one of the factors in a disappointing junior campaign for the All-American. Of course, a better answer to Duke’s point guard questions would be Trevon Duval, the top unsigned senior in the Class of 2017. The Blue Devils are among the five teams he’s considering.
Allen and Jackson will anchor a backcourt that will bring in, as it stands now, Gary Trent Jr. and Alex O’Connell. The best recruit of that crop is big man Wendell Carter Jr.
Jackson averaged 10.9 points and 2.5 assists per game this past season.
Frank Jackson, a top-10 recruit in the Class of 2016, committed to Duke on Tuesday night, announcing his decision from Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah.
Duke is in the midst of a monster recruiting class. It began on July 12 when elite wing Jayson Tatum, rated No. 3 overall by Rivals, committed to Duke. The 6-foot-4 Jackson follows Tatum to Durham, picking the Blue Devils over BYU, Stanford and Utah.
The Blue Devils aren’t done here. They are also in contention for Harry Giles, the No. 2 overall play in the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-10 Giles is a North Carolina native and close friend of Tatum. Duke is also on the final list of schools for five-star big men, Marques Bolden and Wenyen Gabriel.
Jackson’s commitment adds to an already loaded perimeter attack for Coach K in 2016-17. Duke’s back court of Grayson Allen, Matt Jones, Luke Kennard and Derryck Thornton could all return. Jackson will likely see time on and off the ball, as Thornton isn’t expected to turn pro after his freshman season.
Playing for the Utah Prospects in the adidas Gauntlet series, Jackson averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, shooting 54 percent from the field. His summer ended with an MVP performance at the Under Armour Elite 24.
Frank Jackson will make his college decision on Tuesday, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The five-star guard from Utah burst on the national scene this spring and summer and became an All-American candidate with a number of consistently strong performances.
The 6-foot-3 Jackson is currently regarded as the No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 and he attends basketball power Lone Peak High School. Jackson took an official visit to Stanford in July and completed an official visit to Duke over the weekend. In-state programs BYU and Utah round out Jackson’s final four schools while Arizona and UCLA have also been involved with Jackson during the recruiting process. Jackson was previously committed to BYU earlier in his high school career.
A high-level playmaker and advanced scorer, Jackson can hit pull-up jumpers, get to the rim or make shots from beyond the arc. During the spring and summer in the adidas Gauntlet with the Utah Prospects, Jackson averaged 24 points, four rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 10 games.
The 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 took place last Saturday at Pier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park with Team Do Be Doo defeating Team EZ Pass, 111-110.
While Nike’s coinciding showcase took elite prospects such as Harry Giles and Duke-commit Jayson Tatum to the Bahamas, the Elite 24 was still a star-studded event with the nation’s top recruit, Josh Jackson, who won the slam dunk contest the night before, sharing MVP honors with Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Billy Preston and Frank Jackson.
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.
Five-star Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson cancels visit and sets official to Duke
Duke is receiving a big official visit to campus in late August as a source confirmed to NBCSports.com that five-star point guard Frank Jackson will go to Durham. The native of Utah, who previously officially visited Stanford and cancelled a planned unofficial visit to Arizona, is supposed to visit Duke on Aug. 29. The news of Jackson’s visit was first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Putting together a big recruiting class could be in the cards for the Blue Devils, as they already have a Class of 2016 commitment from five-star wing Jayson Tatum and they’re one of the favorites now for the 6-foot-3 Jackson. During the July live evaluation period, Duke was often three deep watching Jackson’s games with the Utah Prospects and they’ve made him a priority recruit this summer.
Regarded as the No. 10 overall prospect in the latest Rivals150, Jackson can score with the ball in his hands or make plays for others. If Duke were to land Jackson to go with Tatum, it’s a dynamic one-two punch on the wing as the Blue Devils would then target big men like Harry Giles and Marques Bolden.