Less than two months after landing five-star wing Jayson Tatum, Coach K has once again scored another huge recruit after receiving a verbal pledge from former BYU commit Frank Jackson. The Highland (UT) native has been one of the most impressive prospects of the summer circuit, showcasing his scoring prowess, high basketball IQ and athleticism. As you may have read in the profile piece we did on him last month, he transferred to Utah powerhouse Lone Peak as a sophomore after dropping 30 points on the Knights while at Lehi High as a freshman. After helping lead Lone Peak to a fourth consecutive state title as a sophomore, Jackson, who once was a BYU commit before re-opening his recruitment last fall, returned last season and averaged 26.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. He earned MVP honors a couple of weeks at the 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 after posting 20 points, including this 360-dunk.
Lone Peak five-star guard Frank Jackson offered a verbal commitment to coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke, the teenage basketball phenom announced Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony at his high school.
Jackson also had offers from Stanford, Utah and BYU, and he originally committed to the latter at age 14 before de-commiting just over a year ago. The Knight senior recently wrapped up a visit to the Durham, North Carolina-area campus last weekend, a visit that helped cement the defending national champion Blue Devils for his future college basketball career.
The senior averaged 26.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while helping Lone Peak advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals as a junior before a stunning loss to Viewmont. The 6-foot, 4-inch guard and pure scorer is rated the No. 14 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com, No. 17 by Scout.com and No. 10 by Rivals.com.
Jackson owns the state record for most points in a game, earning the spot following his transfer to Lone Peak in which he put up 54 against Las Vegas’ Clark High School. He put up four of the top-six individual scoring outputs in the state last year.
But his stock his ballooned on the summer circuit, where he plays with his AAU team Utah Prospects, as well as in a myriad of all-star games. Jackson took home MVP honors at last week’s UnderArmour Elite 24, a made-for-television all-star game featuring some of the top talent in the country on ESPNU. During the game, he threw down the following 360-degree dunk that sent much of the Internet into a frenzy.