Frank Jackson (basketball)

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Frank Jackson
20160330 MCDAAG Frank Jackson at the top of the key.jpg
Jackson in 2016
No. 15 – New Orleans Pelicans
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1998-05-04) May 4, 1998 (age 22)
Washington, D.C.
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeDuke (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentNew Orleans Pelicans
2018–2019Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Franklin Willis Jackson (born May 4, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils.

High school career[edit]

Freshman & Sophomore season's[edit]

Franklin attended Lehi High School in Lehi, Utah as a freshman before transferring to Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah as a sophomore.[1] As a sophomore in 2014, Jackson averaged 17.9 points a game and helped his team, along with 4-star future BYU recruit TJ Haws, win the Utah 5A state championship.[2]

Junior season[edit]

As a junior, he averaged 26.9 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 2.0 steals earning Fourth-team Maxpreps All-American, Salt Lake Tribune All-state honors and First Team All USA Utah selection. During the 2015 summer, Jackson participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia.[3][4] In August 2015, Jackson then was invited play in the Under Armour Elite 24 in New York City where he performed extremely well and out-shined the competition, scoring 20 points earning Co-MVP honors, including recording an in-game, 360-degree fastbreak dunk that was much-talked about and replayed throughout the televised broadcast.[5] More Highlights of his junior season include a 54-point outing on December 18, 2014, against Clark County (Nev.) in the Jerry Tarkanian Classic setting a Lone Peak Record in points.[6] Jackson averaged 24 points and 2.7 assists in 10 games on the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet circuit with his AAU team, the Utah Prospects.[7] His AAU coach called Jackson "more skilled at this age than what Russell Westbrook was.

Senior season[edit]

On December 12, Jackson scored 38 points in a 73–71 win over Miller Grove.[8] On January 12, 2016, Jackson scored 49 points and 9 rebounds in a 94–92 overtime loss against Kobi Simmons and St. Francis School at the 2016 HoopHall Classic.[9] On February 5, Jackson scored 32 points and 11 rebounds in a 68–61 win over St. Joseph.[10] As a senior, he averaged 28.1 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assist per game while being named Utah Mr. Basketball, Salt Lake Tribune player of the year.[11] Jackson was named a McDonald's All-American in January 2016, and competed in both the Powerade Jam Fest, where he won the Slam Dunk Competition,[12] and in the All-Star game on March 30, 2016, at the United Center in Chicago, IL, scoring 19 points en route to earning Co-MVP honors alongside teammate Josh Jackson (no relation), who also had 19 for the victorious West team[13] In April, Jackson was selected to play at the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic.

Jackson was rated as a five-star recruit and ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit by ESPN, as well as the No.12 recruit by in the Class of 2016.[14][15]


Jackson was recruited by Duke, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Maryland, Stanford, UCLA, and Utah. He originally committed to BYU as a freshman but backed out after receiving interest from other schools.[16] On September 1, 2015, Jackson committed to Duke University.[17][18]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Frank Jackson
Alpine, UT Lone Peak High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 12  ESPN: 10
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2016 Duke Basketball Commitment List".
  • "2016 Team Ranking".

College career[edit]

On November 11, in his Duke debut, Jackson scored 18 points and 4 assist in a 94–49 win against Marist at the 2016 Hall of Fame Tip Off.[19] On November 12, Jackson put up 22 points and 4 rebounds in a 96–61 victory over Grand Canyon.[20] On November 23, the Blue Devils defeated William & Mary 88-67 behind Jackson's 19 points.[21] On January 4, he scored 15 points and 4 assist in a 110-57 blowout win against Georgia Tech.[22] On February 28, Jackson scored a season-high 22 points while shooting 3-4 from deep range in a 75–70 victory over Florida State.[23] On March 8, Jackson tallied 20 points while shooting 7-10 from the field in a 79–72 win against Clemson[24] On March 10, Jackson scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a 93–83 win over rival North Carolina in the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament.[25] In his only season at Duke, Jackson started 16 of 36 games and averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and shot 40 percent from behind the arc and 54 percent on 2-point shots.[26]

On May 12, 2017, he announced that he was signing with an agent, forgoing his three remaining collegiate seasons.[27]

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Pelicans (2017–present)[edit]

On June 22, 2017, Jackson was drafted 31st overall by the Charlotte Hornets but was quickly traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for cash considerations.[28] On July 11, 2017, Jackson signed with the Pelicans.[29] After the draft he underwent foot surgery and was ruled out until January but, in January, Jackson underwent a second surgery on his foot and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Jackson made his summer league debut on July 6, 2018 where he recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal but early in the Second Half Jackson suffered a left ankle sprain and was ruled for out the rest of the Tournament.

Jackson made his NBA debut on October 17, 2018 in the Pelicans Season opener against the Houston Rockets recording 2 minutes off the bench, the Pelicans went on to win 131–112.

On January 7, 2019, Jackson tallied a then career-high 17 points and drained three three-pointers against the Memphis Grizzlies in only 19 minutes off the bench. The Pelicans came out victorious in that game winning 114–95.

On February 2, 2019, Jackson topped his previous career-high with 25 points on 10-20 shooting in a 113–108 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

2019–20 season[edit]

On November 1, 2019, Jackson scored 21 points in a 122–107 win against the Denver Nuggets.[30] On November 14, 2019, Jackson tallied 23 points and 2 assist in a 132–127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2018–19 New Orleans 61 16 19.2 .434 .314 .740 2.2 1.1 0.4 0.0 8.1
2019–20 New Orleans 59 2 13.5 .405 .326 .747 1.4 1.0 0.3 0.1 6.3
Career 120 18 16.4 .422 .319 .743 1.8 1.1 0.4 0.1 7.2


2016–17 Duke 36 16 24.9 .473 .395 .755 2.5 1.7 0.6 0.1 10.9

Personal life[edit]

Jackson is the son of former Utah state senator Al Jackson, and the second-oldest of five children. [32] Jackson is a Republican and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has also lived in Oregon and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., where his father worked as a lobbyist for the aerospace industry.[33]

Jackson's father is African American and his mother, Juleen, is European American and was born and raised in Utah.[34]


  1. ^ "Former Lehi guard Jackson transfers to Lone Peak". Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "State of Sport Awards :: Frank Jackson". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Top 20 guard Frank Jackson throws down poster dunk at NBPA Top 100 Camp". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "2015 NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Recap". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Bam Adebayo, Josh Jackson lead team to Victory at Under Armour Elite 24". Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Williams, Carter (December 19, 2014). "Lone Peak guard Frank Jackson drops career–high 54 points in Las Vegas tournament". Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Jordan, Jason (July 8, 2015). "Mormon basketball star Frank Jackson faces challenging choices on future". Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Warner, Neil (December 12, 2015). "Frank Jackson leads Lone Peak over Miller Grove with last second shot". Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Frank Jackson, Kobi Simmons showcase elite talent at HoopHall Classic". January 16, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Boys Basketball: Lone Peak tops St. Joseph". February 5, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "Utah Boy's Basketball POY: Frank Jackson". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Utah's Frank Jackson wins Jamfest dunk contest at McDonald's All-American Game". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Frank Jackson – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles". May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  15. ^ "Frank Jackson, 2016 Point guard –". Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  16. ^ Falk, Aaron (August 31, 2015). "Prep basketball: Lone Peak guard Frank Jackson ready to make college choice". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  17. ^ Rankin, Reggie (September 1, 2015). "Frank Jackson commits to Duke". Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  18. ^ Strelow, Bret (September 1, 2015). "ACC Basketball: Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson commits to Duke". Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  19. ^ "Duke's Frank Jackson powers blue devils past Marist". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Allen, Jefferson help No.1 Duke top Grand Canyon 96-61". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "Grayson Allen, Frank Jackson lead No.3 Duke past William & Mary". Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  22. ^ "Allen returns, Duke tops GA Tech 110-57 in Coach K's sendoff". Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  23. ^ "Frank Jackson scores 22 points as No.17 Duke tops No.15 Florida State". Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  24. ^ "Kennard comes thru late for No.14 Duke against Clemson". Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  25. ^ "Duke wins ACC tournament rubber match vs. UNC". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  26. ^ "Freshman Focus: Frank Jackson". Atlantic Coast Conference. February 3, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  27. ^ Norlander, Matt (May 12, 2017). "2017 NBA Draft: Frank Jackson is leaving Duke early as a surprising one-and-done". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  28. ^ "Pelicans Acquire Draft Rights to Frank Jackson". Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  29. ^ "Pelicans Sign Frank Jackson". Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  30. ^ "Pelicans beat Nuggets for first victory of season". November 1, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  31. ^ "Holiday's 36 points push Pelicans past Clippers". November 14, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  32. ^ "Frank Jackson bio – Duke Blue Devils". Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  33. ^ Norlander, Matt (August 5, 2015). "The recruit who could be Duke's next Jabari Parker ... with a political twist". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  34. ^ Unofficial Mormon Mission

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