Many elite college basketball prospects have been on the recruiting radar since their middle schools years, but this wasn’t the case with Highland (Utah) Lone Peak High School 2016 guard Frank Jackson.
“Frank was never one of these kids that was just head and shoulders above every other player,” said Jackson’s AAU coach Tim Davis. “In fact, he wasn’t even one of the best middle school players in Utah, but the potential was always there and his love for the game just kept growing and growing.
“In a way, I think his hatred of losing helped him become the player he is. When he lost it was always straight back to the gym and he was back there with a passion.
"Whatever he struggled at during the game he would work at it until he felt good about it. You see the results.”
Jackson has emerged as the best west coast point guard in his class.
“The recruiting attention he’s received has been great," said the Utah Prospects coach. "The in-state schools obviously love him. He’s tripped there and he’s been to Stanford as well, but Arizona has made an incredible impression on him and his family."
Arizona recently had an in-home visit with Jackson and made a positive impression.
“The in-home visit was just great," Davis said. "Coach Miller is a guy who everybody loves, and it’s easy to see why he is so successful and why every kid is interested in Arizona.
"Throw in Coach Stoudamire too, and it’s just incredible. Both of those guys were very good point guards and you could tell they have a plan for guys like Frank.”
Expect Jackson to take a visit to Tucson in the coming months.
“I actually just got done talking with Frank’s dad and he said they have to get Frank down to Arizona sometime soon," Davis said. "Arizona is a school that we are looking at very closely now.”