Frank Jackson (basketball)

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Frank Jackson
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No. 15 – New Orleans Pelicans
PositionPoint guard, shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1998-05-04) May 4, 1998 (age 20)
Washington, D.C.
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolLone Peak (Highland, Utah)
CollegeDuke (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentNew Orleans Pelicans
2018–19Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards

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. The freshman[1] guard was ranked as a five-star recruit, with a 94 recruiting grade, and was the #11 player in the class of 2016 and the top college prospect in the state of Utah, according to ESPN.[2] Jackson lived in Alpine, Utah, and committed to Duke on September 1, 2015.[3]

High school career[edit]

Franklin attended Lehi High School as a freshman before transferring to Lone Peak High School as a sophomore.[4] 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.[5] 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 then was invited to the Under Armour Elite 24 Invitational in Brooklyn, New York where he performed extremely well and out-shined the competition, where he scored 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.[6] Jackson later competed in camps such as, NBPA Top 100 Camp and Adidas Nations camps. 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. Jackson averaged 24 points and 2.7 assists in 10 games on the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet circuit with his AAU team, the Utah Prospects.[4] His AAU coach called Jackson "more skilled at this age than Russell Westbrook was."[7] 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. 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, 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. [8] In April, Jackson was selected to play at the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic. Jackson was rated as a five-star recruit and considered one of the best players of the 2016 class. He was ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit by ESPN, as well as the No.12 recruit by in the Class of 2016.


Jackson was recruited by Duke, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Maryland, Stanford, UCLA, and Utah.[2] He originally committed to BYU as a freshman but backed out after receiving interest from other schools.[7] On September 1, 2015, Jackson committed to Duke University, where he joined fellow five-star recruits, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, and Marques Bolden.[3][9]

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, 2016, 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[10]. On November 23, 2016, the Blue Devils defeated William & Mary 88-67 behind Jackson's 19 points.[11] In his only season at Duke, Jackson started 16 of 36 games and averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He shot 40 percent from behind the arc and 54 percent on 2-point shots. On May 12, 2017, he announced that he was signing with an agent, forgoing his three remaining collegiate seasons.[12]

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, after the draft he underwent foot surgery and was ruled out till January but in January Jackson underwent a second surgery on his foot and was ruled out for the entire season, ultimately missing his rookie 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 of 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.

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 .4 .0 8.1


2016–17 Duke 36 16 24.9 .473 .395 .755 2.5 1.7 .6 .1 10.9

Personal life[edit]

Jackson is the son of former Utah state senator Al Jackson, and the second-oldest of five children. 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.[13]

Jackson's father is African-American and his mother, Juleen, is Euro-American and was born and raised in Utah.[14]


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  2. ^ a b "Frank Jackson - Basketball Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Frank Jackson, Lone Peak , Point Guard". 247Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Chris (September 2, 2015). "Duke lands yet another elite recruit in five-star point guard Tyrone Jackson". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "State of Sport Awards :: Tyrone Jackson". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Scout College Basketball Recruiting Front Page". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Falk, Aaron (August 31, 2015). "Prep basketball: Lone Peak guard Frank Jackson ready to make college choice". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Frank Jackson commits to Duke Blue Devils". Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Duke's Frank Jackson powers blue devils past Marist". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Grayson Allen, Frank Jackson lead No.3 Duke past William & Mary". Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Unofficial Mormon Mission

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