According to his Dad, Frank Jackson will remain in this years NBA Draft and hire an agent in the coming days. Jackson would have been a focal point for the Blue Devils this coming season and his departure leaves the roster guard depleted.
Jackson measured and played well during the first day of the NBA Combine which drew plenty of hype. Duke now anxiously awaits the decision of the nation top point guard prospect Trevon Duval.
Duke release -
DURHAM, N.C. – 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.