Frank Jackson is a very big commitment for Duke. Scout breaks down the five-star point guard's game.
a big commitment on Tuesday, as the 6-foot-3, 185-pound 2016 point guard from Highland (Utah) Lone Peak pledged to the Blue Devils.
Scout’s 17th ranked prospect in his class, Jackson is an elite talent who would be considered a top 10 player in most recruiting classes, but happens to play in one of the top classes in recent history.
What kind of player is Duke getting in Jackson?
A score-first point guard, Jackson is one of the few most talented players at his position nationally and is easily one of 2016's top overall prospects.
Jackson is on the young side of the class with a May 1998 birthday and has shown consistent improvement over the last couple of years. He always plays hard and is typically very engaged on both sides of the court.
The rising senior’s best weapon offensively is his jump shot, which he can definitely hit off the catch, but he's pretty ball dominant and consistently creates his own shot off the dribble.
Jackson is a threat to knock down jumpers off the dribble from both three and midrange, while he can also go to the basket and acrobatically finish.
He has a fade-away jumper, a floater and can hit shots off the glass. He has a very good handle and is good against ball pressure.
Jackson often uses a pump fake to get defenders off balance before pulling up after one or two dribbles.
Even though he’s a point guard, Jackson is very score-first, which will give him the ability to play on and off the ball at the next level, especially considering his size.
Jackson is laterally quick and big enough to defend both ones and twos at the next level. Ultimately, his future as a basketball player is at the one, but his versatility no doubt gives him even more value.
Jackson can break down the defense and create for teammates and he also does a good job of finding cutters from the perimeter.
This is one of the nation’s most consistent and promising guard prospects, regardless of class, and a player who should be very productive right away in Durham.