15 - Frank Jackson

6-3, 200 Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Duke Freshman
05/04/98 (22.7 yrs)
Highland, UT
High School
Lone Peak
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Cory Joseph/Austin Rivers

Strengths: Jackson’s ability to score the basketball is one of his biggest strengths … He shot 40% from three point range this season, was a reliable mid-range shooter and was an above average finisher at the rim … One glance at the McDonald’s All-American game dunk contest along with his combine performance will tell you that Jackson is a gifted athlete with a lot of leaping ability … Has a quick first step to burst by defenders and has some shifty fakes and handles to set up drives … His quick feet and explosiveness really helps his projections at the next level even though he doesn’t necessarily have an exact position …  He’s a physically gifted prospect with great size and length for the PG position in the NBA, and even has the size of a slightly undersized 2 guard …  A strong guard, very good legs with good body control that allows him to absorb contact and still get to his spots on the floor … Extremely high energy player with a great motor that helps him overcome some of his defensive lapses as he recovers well when beaten …

Weaknesses: No real defined position at this point in his career … Came to Duke as a PG but is really just more of a scoring guard at this point, and doesn’t have a great handle of the PG position … His 6’3 frame puts him into that dreaded category that no guard wants to be lumped into as he doesn’t have the size to defend NBA SG’s but doesn’t create for others in the way that you would want your PG to do … 1.7 to 1.4 a/to ratio is not what you want from a PG … His 2.7 assists per 40, which would rank him dead last among his peers in this draft, isn’t exactly ideal when it comes to your lead guard … That’s not to say he doesn’t have the ability to do so but when your mind is on putting the ball in the bucket, creating for others goes out the window … Luckily for him, he’s extremely efficient when he gives in to his scorer’s mentality …  By no means a poor defender but is limited on that side of the ball … Slides his feet well enough but doesn’t cut off driving lanes well and is subject to getting broken down off the dribble against quicker players …

Overall: As with most freshman, Jackson had a very up and down season … Started hot, cooled off, got hot again, cooled off again … But he was able to showcase his ability to score the basketball with 17.6 points per 40 minutes while shooting just under 48% from the field overall … He’s a classic tweener with regards to his position at the next level and will likely be considered a scoring PG once it is all said and done … Could have used another year or two to hone in on his PG skill set but with the talent Duke has coming in next year, he likely would have had a similar role to the one he had during his freshman season which was in a scoring role off the bench … Had a strong showing early on at the NBA combine which likely factored in to his decision to keep his name in the draft … Currently projects as a late first round to early second round pick and with the right development, could become a solid role player at the next level …

Notes: Measured 6′ 2” barefoot, 6′ 3.5” in shoes, 201.6 lbs, 6′ 7.5” wingspan, and 8′ 2” standing reach at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine … Ranked 10th overall by ESPN, 12th by Rivals, 13th by 247 Sports and 18th by Scout in the 2016 Class entering college … 2016 McDonald’s All-American, Scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting earning co-MVP and led the West to a 114-107 victory … Grew up Mormon in Alpine, Utah …

Clayton Crowe 5/16/2017

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