COLORADO SPRINGS -- Playing at the USA Basketball junior national minicamp was a huge step for five-star Class of 2016 point guard Frank Jackson. The Utah native and Duke commit relished the opportunity to play elite competition and also get a chance to learn some of the things USA Basketball has to offer.
"It's been awesome. I haven't had a chance to play with most of the Nike guys, so that was a good thing. It was good to play with some different guys. Everyone here is super talented. I'm just glad that I can be apart of it," Jackson said. "De'Aaron Fox, Marquis Bolden stands out. Josh Jackson, of course. Jayson Tatum, can't wait to be teammates with him. That kid is really good."
Jackson and Tatum had a chance to meet and hang out a little bit in Colorado Springs as it was the first time they got to get to know each other.
"A little bit. Back in the dorms and we talked a little bit on the court and stuff. He's real cool and we're excited," Jackson said of Tatum.
Jackson and Tatum got some extended minutes together during Sunday's session when USA Basketball put potential Class of 2016 Nike Hoop Summit players together to scrimmage the younger players. Duke target and big man Marques Bolden also played some with Jackson and Tatum during the session.
Now that four-star forward Javin DeLaurier has joined Duke's class, Jackson is excited about the foundation of a potentially special class.
"For sure, I'm super excited. We have a special group," Jackson said. "We're trying to get a couple more guys. If we do, we'll be pretty good."
While Tatum's friendship with Harry Giles is well-documented, Jackson is trying to talk to another Duke target, Marquis Bolden, about also joining the class. The duo ran some high ball screens together on offense and looked effective during the scrimmage.
"I've been trying [to talk to] Marquis for awhile now. He's a real good kid and I'd love to play with him," Jackson said.
Since he is committed to Duke and doesn't have to worry about recruiting, now Jackson is just focused on improving his game and trying to hone his skills.
"Just being consistent. Never having an off day and working on my range on three-pointer. Just trying to get better every day," Jackson said. "Be a leader on and off the court. I know a lot of people are watching me. So I want me and my teammates to win a state championship and have a great year."