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Duke Basketball Target Frank Jackson to Announce on Tuesday

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The Duke basketball program could receive the second commitment for its 2016 recruiting class this week when 5-star guard Frank Jackson announces his college decision.

Fresh off an official visit to the Duke campus this past weekend, Jackson has scheduled his announcement for 6:30 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

As the No. 4 point guard and No. 13 overall player in the class of 2016 in the 247Sports Composite, Jackson has shot up recruiting rankings over the past few months with his exceptional play on the summer circuit.

After originally committing to BYU, Jackson re-opened his recruitment, which the Duke coaching staff has seemingly taken full advantage of. The Blue Devils are projected as the heavy favorite to land Jackson according to multiple recruiting outlets, though BYU, Utah, and Stanford are still hoping to get him.

The recruitment of Jackson was somewhat unknown for much of the high school season because of the chance of him taking two years off from basketball to take a Mormon mission. However, Jackson has now stated that he’ll be opting to continue his basketball career and wants to play in college in 2016. It’s not an unfamiliar situation for the Duke coaching staff, which faced similar uncertainty a few years ago with the recruitment of Jabari Parker.

Considered by many to be a combo guard, Jackson has the potential to be a great fit in the Duke backcourt alongside a sophomore Derryck Thornton while also potentially playing with Luke Kennard, Matt Jones, and possibly Grayson Allen.

If he commits, Jackson would already be the second 5-star player in Duke’s 2016 recruiting class, joining top-ranked small forward Jayson Tatum, who committed earlier this summer at the Nike Peach Jam. The Blue Devils are also reportedly in good position for Harry Giles, the No. 1 ranked player in the class of 2016. Wenyen Gabriel, Marques Bolden, and Dennis Smith Jr., are three other elite 2016 prospects also still considering offers from Duke.