Does BYU have a chance at landing Frank Jackson, the most heavily recruited high school basketball player in Utah?
Jackson says yes.
“BYU is always on my list of schools I’m considering,” said the 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Lone Peak High School. “I’m always open to being recruited by BYU. I have a definite interest in them.”
“I’m being recruited hard right now by Duke, Arizona, Stanford, UCLA, BYU and Utah,” the star of Lone Peak High School’s basketball team said. “I’ll be visiting Duke in June and Arizona in either May or maybe not until June.”
And, as of this past weekend, you can add Notre Dame and NCAA Div. II Embry-Riddle University (a school in Dayton Beach, Florida, where Frank’s dad, Al, played college basketball) to the list of schools pursuing Jackson.
[pullquote]”I want to play where I’ll feel the most comfortable and where it’s a good fit.” —Frank Jackson[/pullquote]
Jackson said he hopes to make a decision on where he’ll play college basketball by this coming fall before the high school season begins.
“I want to play where I’ll feel the most comfortable and where it’s a good fit,” Jackson said. “I’m confident I can compete for playing time on any team that recruits me.” Jackson has the stats to back it up as he averaged 26.8 point per game last high school season while facing constant double teams.
Going into his senior year, Jackson says he wants to continue to work on his basketball skills, specifically becoming a “lock down” defender for the Knights, who failed to win the 5A state championship this year for the first time in four years.
Lone Peak head basketball coach Quincy Lewis, who may be making the leap to coach college basketball in upcoming months, has won seven of the last 12 5A state basketball championships and one national championship in 2013.
Jackson says he’ll be happy for Lewis if he gets hired at the college level or if he ends up returning to Lone Peak this fall. “Whatever happens with Coach Lewis, I’ll be happy for him. I’ll be happy if he gets hired at the next level and I’ll be happy if he stays at Lone Peak.”