Frank Jackson is one of the highly touted players in the class of 2016 who is on the recruiting radar for the Duke basketball program.
At 6’3”, 180 pounds, the 4-star point guard from Utah is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 4 point guard and No. 25 overall player in the class of 2016.
However, because of his faith, Jackson isn’t expected to play college basketball until 2018.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he plans to take his two-year mission once he graduates from high school. The notion of spending two years away from the game isn’t preventing many of the top programs in the country from still showing interest in Jackson, including Duke and Arizona, two schools he plans to visit in the next few months, according to NBC Sports.
Jackson actually believes the two years could help his game, telling NBC Sports,
“The two years that I’m gone, I’ll get to work out on my mission. I’ll come back as a 20-year-old freshman. Which, in my mind, that’s pretty nice.”
Though he was committed to BYU at one time, Jackson has re-opened his recruitment and is considering many elite programs, including Duke, Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, Maryland, Notre Dame, Stanford, BYU and UCLA.
The idea of having Jackson join the Duke program as part of the incoming 2018 class is an interesting dynamic for the Blue Devils.
With Troy Brown being one of the top guards in the class of 2017 having already received an offer from Coach K and his staff, having a player like Jackson as part of the future would help Duke continue to build for the years ahead.