WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD/SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE FIRST ROUND/ EARLY SECOND ROUND/ DRAFT STOCK IS RISING
PLAYER SUMMARY: Duke has major issues at the point guard position during the 2015-16 season. Mike Krzyzewski had to land a top rated player at the position. He did just that when he got Frank Jackson to commit.
The former 5-star recruit and high school All-American had a solid and productive season for the Blue Devils. He provided stability at the position. Jackson averaged 10.9pts, 2.5reb, and 1.7ast for the Blue Devils this past season. He has decided to leave school early and enter the loaded 2017 NBA draft. As of this player profile of Jackson, his stock appears to be rising in the minds of NBA scouts.
The 6’3″ Jackson has good size for the position. He is a very good athlete. Jackson is in the mold of a scoring point guard. We wouldn’t be surprised if he played the shooting guard position at times in the NBA. He has a well-built body that should be handle the rigors of an 82 game NBA regular season.
While evaluating his offensive game, he shows the ability to score off the dribble very well. Due to his size and athletic ability, he can get into the lane and finish. He moves without the ball very well as Duke stresses that. His shooting mechanics are solid. Jackson has range out to the college and NBA 3-point line.
While he is a good overall shooter, he is inconsistent. You have to remember that he would only be going into his sophomore year of college. Once he gets into an NBA facility, we would expect him to become a more consistent shooter and player overall. Foul-shooting isn’t a problem as he converts at a high level from the charity stripe.
Jackson’s ball-handling and passing skills are above average. However, he needs to improve upon his decision making as he can become careless with the ball. He wasn’t the full-time starter at the PG spot, as Grayson Allen ran the offense at times. This has some NBA scouts wondering if he is a true PG, or an undersized combo guard. In our opinion, he has the skills to be a full-time PG in time. Working to his benefit is that he can guard both back-court positions as he is an above average defender and rebounder.
Frank Jackson is a good player with a chance to become a solid professional. He is young with a good overall skill-set. He is in the 2nd tier of point guards that will be in this year’s draft. While 4-5 1st tier point guards look to be drafted in the lottery, there are another 4-5 players that are battling it out to be that next point guard taken off the board. Jackson is in that mix. We believe in 3-4 years that Jackson will be a viable player in an NBA team’s rotation. He is only going to improve and get better.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF FRANK JACKSON
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