— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) June 23, 2017
Former Lone Peak basketball star Frank Jackson was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and then traded to New Orleans Pelicans at the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night.
Jackson, who decided to hire an agent after performing well in the first day of the NBA Draft Combine in May, was the first pick of the second round of the NBA Draft.
Fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity! God is good. Grateful to be a Pelican Can’t wait to get to New Orleans
— Franklin Jackson (@FWJackson15) June 23, 2017
After playing for Lone Peak High School, Jackson spent his freshman year playing for Duke University. While averaging only 24.9 minutes per game, he averaged 10.9 points, shot 43.7 percent from the field and shot 39.5 percent from the 3-point line.
“Frank is an emerging player,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said about Jackson prior to the draft. “He had a really good freshman year for us. He’s got courage, athletic ability. He’s not afraid. He just has to learn the game more, both offensively and defensively. He needs to be developed more but he can be. There’s a lot of potential there for Frank and the team that would choose him. He’s still a young guy in age.”
Commentators following Jackson’s selection said Jackson will need to establish himself in the league as he is currently “positionless.” While Jackson has played point guard, many believe he isn’t ready for the role of point guard in the NBA and he will have more success as a shooting guard.