The Duke basketball program picked up a big commitment from Frank Jackson on Tuesday afternoon, a 5-star recruit in the class of 2016.
Jackson made his announcement during a press conference at his high school in Utah.
Coming off an official visit to the Duke campus this past weekend, Jackson selected the Blue Devils over Stanford, Utah, and BYU, which were his other three finalists. Duke has been widely regarded as the heavy favorite for the past couple months.
As a 6’3”, 185-pounder, Jackson is listed in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 4 point guard and No. 11 overall player in the class of 2016.
He averaged over 26 points per game during his junior season at Lone Peak High School and was one of the most explosive players in the country over the summer, both on the Adidas summer circuit and at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
With his commitment to Duke, Jackson is projected to flourish under Mike Krzyzewski as a combo guard. He possesses the ability to handle the ball and run the offense, but he can also operate as the guard who plays off the ball, which Duke used to great success this past season with Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones.
It’s likely that Jackson will play alongside sophomore Derryck Thornton, who would serve as the team’s primary point guard.
The backcourt will also likely include Luke Kennard, Matt Jones, and possibly Grayson Allen – depending on his NBA draft status.
Jackson now joins Jayson Tatum as the 2nd 5-star prospect to commit to the class of 2016 for the Blue Devils. With Tatum expected to be a key player on the wing and Jackson in the backcourt, the coaches will now likely shift all their attention towards the frontcourt for the 2016 class.
Offers are still on the table for Harry Giles, Marques Bolden, and Wenyen Gabriel, and Duke is rumored to be in very good position with Giles, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 and potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
And while Dennis Smith Jr., the No. 1 point guard in the 2016 class who’s currently recovering from a torn ACL, is also still considering the Blue Devils, you’d have to think the announcement by Jackson makes it even more unlikely that Smith will be coming to Duke.
Welcome to the Duke family, Frank! Let’s hope the Duke coaches keep things rolling on the recruiting trail!