After a report last night that Frank Jackson would decide in the next week or two whether or not he would stay in the NBA Draft, word is coming out from multiple people connected to the NBA & college basketball that he will indeed stay in the NBA Draft and hire an agent:
Duke freshman guard Frank Jackson will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft and hire an agent, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 12, 2017
Frank Jackson will sign with Bill Duffy.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 12, 2017
Freight Train Frank headed to the League.
🐐: "His combination of athleticism and fearlessness makes him a special player." pic.twitter.com/NDueFyZUmn
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) May 12, 2017
Jackson impressed in his first day at the combine, but still was not showing up on mock drafts in the first or second round.
He had several interviews scheduled last night, so it is possible he received a promise from one of the teams that he would be their first or early second round pick.
His decision is definitely a huge blow to the Duke squad who had several players leave early/graduate and missed out on Kevin Knox.
We wish Frank the best, and hope he has a very long and successful NBA career.
Official state from Duke Athletics:
Frank Jackson will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, he and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Friday.
Jackson was a major contributor for the Blue Devils as a freshman in 2016-17, playing in 36 games and making 16 starts. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest.
“Frank has a bright future ahead of him,” Krzyzewski said. “His combination of athleticism and fearlessness makes him a special player. The next step for him is continuing to develop so he can maximize his exceptional potential. He’ll always be a member of our brotherhood and we want nothing but the very best for him.”
He was named to the All-ACC Tournament second team after averaging 13.0 points and shooting .515 from the floor in Brooklyn as Duke made history by becoming the first team to win four games in as many days to claim the title.
The Alpine, Utah, native made 51 three-pointers and shot .395 from outside the arc in 2016-17, both of which rank eighth on Duke’s freshman charts.
Jackson scored in double figures 20 times as a freshman, reaching the 20-point mark on three occasions. He led the Blue Devils in scoring six times on the year and delivered a season-high 22 points against No. 15 Florida State on Feb. 28 to help spark Duke to victory in its home finale.
He was the co-MVP of the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game and also won the slam dunk contest the night before the game.