Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson profile
Drafted #31 in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Pelicans
RCSI: 14 (2016)
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 202 lbs (92 kg)
Position: SG
High School: Lone Peak High School (Utah)
Hometown: Washington, DC
College: Duke
Current Team: Shanxi
Win - Loss: 23 - 25
Frank Jackson 2017 NBA Draft Scouting Video - Strengths


Frank Jackson NBA Draft Scouting Report and Video Analysis

Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Jun 09, 2017, 10:59 am
Scouting Report by Matt Williams. Video Analysis by Mike Schmitz
Among the most efficient scorers among freshman in power conference hoops, Duke shooting guard Frank Jackson was a difference maker on the offensive end for stretches this season, putting points on the board in bunches on some nights. The third wheel in a talented Duke backcourt featuring Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen, Jackson nonetheless emerged as a key cog for a Blue Devils team that finished as the nation's sixth ranked offense accord to KenPom.   Averaging 10.9 points per game, Jackson entered the draft process without an agent, but ultimately decided to stay in past the withdrawal deadline after a solid showing in the first game of the 2017 NBA Draft Combine.
Jackson's intrigue at the next level starts with his solid physical tools.  Standing 6'3.5 in shoes with a 6'7.5 wingspan, Jackson has average size and solid length for a shooting guard.  However, he's a powerful and explosive leaper capable of finishing emphatically above the rim.  Registering a 42-inch vertical leap at the NBA combine, the Washington, DC-born guard also possesses a strong first step that allows him to get to the basket with aggressive straight-line drives.  Possessing a sturdy 202-pound frame, Jackson has room to fill out, tested as one of the top all-around performers at the NBA Combine and showcased his athleticism on both ends during his time at Duke despite playing through a stress reaction in his right foot that he didn't have surgically repaired until late May.
It is Jackson's ability to get downhill quickly to score as a slasher combined with his perimeter shot making ability that rank as his most appealing trait as an NBA prospect.  Making considerable strides with his consistency as a jump shooter in the summer and fall leading into his freshman year, Jackson made his mark at Duke with 60% of his shot attempts coming from the perimeter in the half court according to Synergy Sports Technology, but also scored with solid consistency attacking the basket.  Doing most of his damage playing off the ball attacking closeouts, the Lone Peak (UT) product found some success operating out of the pick and roll, and in hand off situations as well seeing some action playing on the ball as well.

Making 39% of his 3-point attempts over 5.7 attempts per-40 minutes pace adjusted last season, Jackson was a fairly efficient, productive perimeter weapon.   A somewhat streaky perimeter threat who shoots the ball with nice touch and good balance both off the catch and off the dribble, Jackson doesn't have the quickest release, but gets a lot of air under the ball and possesses solid range.  A valuable floor spacer and a threat to pull up from beyond the arc when his defender goes under screens, Jackson was an impact player on the nights his shot was falling at a high rate.
Aside from his jump shooting ability, Jackson does his best work making decisive straight-lines drives to the rim attacking closeouts or turning the corner and going right the basket in ball screen actions.  A fairly crafty, athletic finisher with nice footwork around the basket, Jackson shot a well above average 57% in finishing situations in the half court, converted 48% of the floaters he attempted, flashing deft touch, and made some explosive plays finishing above the rim when he found daylight in close.  Though he's adept at putting pressure on the rim attacking gaps off of hard in-and-out dribbles and basic crossovers, he lacks a degree of shiftiness as a shot creator unable to create separation at times and struggling to handle the ball against pressure. 

Jackson's limitations as a shot creator coupled with his lack of court vision and questionable comfort level initiating offense make him less than effective as a full-time playmaker at this point in his career.  Committing a number of careless turnovers early in the shot clock last season, Jackson was most effective playing a secondary ball-handling role.  Not always adept at picking and choosing his spots or consistently utilizing changes of speed and direction effectively, Jackson is a score-first guard who could conceivably grow into a true combo, but is more of a true shooting guard who would be most comfortable alongside another dynamic playmaker at the moment.  Dishing out only 2.7 assists per-40 minutes pace adjusted last season, despite the huge amount of scoring power alongside him in a free-flowing offense, Jackson has plenty of room to grow as a passer and decision-maker.
Defensively, Jackson shows solid intensity at times getting in a low stance and moving his feet, but also looked less than engaged both on and off the ball at times this season.  Lacking a degree of lateral quickness to defend elite point guards and exceptional size or length to defend taller guards, Jackson could be a bit stuck behind the eight-ball defensively early on at the next level, but the former McDonald's All-American showed promise he was dialed in and has the competitiveness to make some strides on this end if he can play with more consistent intensity.
Jackson's foot surgery has kept him off the floor for the home stretch of the draft process, but he did himself a lot of good in the weeks leading up to his operation.  A terrific athlete who likes to play downhill and shows flashes as a shot-maker, Frank Jackson has some clear-cut weaknesses as a playmaker and lacks versatility as a defender. Just 19 years old, the former Utah Mr. Basketball figures to have some potential as a combo guard who can provide a valuable scoring punch off the bench in the right environment and eventually grow into a more prolific ball handler and playmaker down the road.  

2017 NBA Combine Athletic Testing Analysis

Julian Applebome
Julian Applebome
May 13, 2017, 05:25 pm
Frank Jackson out of Duke, who just recently signed with an agent, posted impressive overall numbers in the athletic testing portion of the Combine.  Jackson finished first overall in the shuttle run (2.7 seconds), second overall in the max vertical leap (42), third overall in the standing vertical leap (35.5) and fifth overall in the three-quarter court sprint (3.14 seconds).  Despite coming off a very inconsistent freshman season, Jackson opted to officially keep his name in the draft, and had a very good first half in Day One before electing to sit out Day Two of the Combine.

NBA Combine Competitive Action Recap: Day One

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
May 11, 2017, 08:04 pm
13 points, 4 assists, 1 steal, 6-10 2P, 0-2 3P, 20 minutes

Jackson, who has yet to decide whether he'll sign with an agent, was able to get to the rim at will by way of his powerful explosiveness and strength (202 pounds) while sitting down in a stance and competing on the defensive end. Playing mostly on the ball, Jackson is an aggressive score-first combo guard who should be able to fill it up at all three levels with NBA spacing (even though he missed both of his triples on Thursday). Jackson's decision making, point guard skills and ability to shift gears could still use some polish, but he helped himself on Thursday and has the talent to potentially be on the fringe of the first round if he decides to stay in the draft.

Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: Guards

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Apr 11, 2016, 10:44 am
Mike Schmitz

-Has done a really nice job of filling out his frame over the years. Up to 208 pounds, nine pounds more than when he was measured at USA basketball five months ago.
-Solid length relative to his height – 6' 6.75” wingspan.
-Deep range on his jumper. Good elevation. The ball comes out cleanly. Best off of the catch but can rise up off the dribble as well.
-Explosive leaper off of two feet in space.
-Solid first step. Capable of getting into the paint out of pick and roll situations. Doesn't shy away from contact around the rim.
-Not overly advanced with the ball but isn't sloppy with it.
-Capable passer who can drive and kick or dish.
-Strong base. Can get into a deep stance and pressure the ball.

-Doesn't have great size for a two guard and doesn't quite have the playmaking skills of a combo.
-Not always the most willing passer. Scoring mentality. Gets tunnel vision on the move. Hasn't shown that he can run a team consistently.
-Settles for deep, contested jumpers early in the clock.
-Not as explosive off of one foot. Isn't always able to use his leaping ability in the half court.
-Can continue to improve his ability to play at different speeds and change directions.
-Doesn't always dig in defensively. Can get deep into a stance but lacks versatility on that end of the floor due to his average tools.

Outlook Jackson can really score and he showed that throughout the week of practices, with most of his buckets revolving around his jumper. While the 17-year-old should be able to get buckets in the ACC early and often, it's his growth as a playmaker that will ultimately determine his upside. Duke has had success without a “pure” point guard in the past, so it shouldn't be all that difficult for Jackson to fill a role as a scoring guard in Durham.

2016 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Junior National Select Team Measurements

Apr 08, 2016, 12:44 pm
Height (w/ shoes): 6-3.5
Weight: 208
Wingspan: 6-6.75
Standing Reach: 8-4.5

Possessing an impressive frame for a high school guard, Frank Jackson shared similar measurable with former Illinois point guard Deron Williams who stood 6'2.75 in shoes with a 202-pound frame and a 6'6.25 wingspan coming out of Illinois. Jackson also grades out very similar to Randy Foye. Listed closer to 170 pounds just a few years ago, Jackson has clearly put in a lot of work on his frame already.

2016 McDonald's All-American Dunk Contest Compilation

Mar 29, 2016, 09:15 am

USA Basketball Junior NT Mini-Camp Scouting Reports: Point Guards

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Oct 07, 2015, 01:26 pm
Frank Jackson, 6'3, PG/SG, Utah, Class of 2016

Jonathan Givony

-Has great size for a point guard at 6-3. Highly developed 199 pound frame that will fill out even more in time. Decent 6'5 ½ wingspan
-Terrific athlete. Can play above the rim with ease. Changes speeds and shows real power on his drives
-Excellent in transition
-Very good scoring instincts, including very nice touch around the basket and with his floater attempts
-Outstanding shot-creator in the half-court. Strong ball-handler. Explosive slasher, even if he can't always finish what he creates
-Shows great potential as a pick and roll threat as his understanding of the game continues to evolves
-Can find the open man in drive and dish situations
-Shows potential as a shooter. Can make an occasional jumper with feet set or off the dribble. Can throw the ball in the basket
-Great potential defensively with his combination of size, strength, athleticism and instincts. Has good lateral quickness and plays with strong intensity on this side of the floor. Displays nice urgency on his closeouts. Can defend either guard position at college and possibly even pro level
-Gets in passing lanes at a high rate and contributes as a defensive rebounder
-Reportedly has outstanding intangibles, which should help him continue to improve and reach his full potential

-Very single-minded looking for his own shot at times. Much more of a scorer than a facilitator right now
-Appears to have average court vision. Doesn't do a great job of reading the defense and making decisions with the ball. Has a tendency to pound the ball excessively
-Posted a negative assist to turnover ratio even in the adidas Gauntlet (which he dominated from a scoring standpoint)
-Takes a lot of difficult, low-percentage shots. Relies very heavily on floaters, and especially off the dribble jumpers. Seems to pull-up off the dribble at the first glimmer of day-light
-Tends to shoot on the way down.
-Shooting mechanics look decent, especially from waist up, but results aren't quite there. Has shot with poor percentages in almost every level he's played at, partially due to his shot-selection.
-Capable shooter with feet set, but tends to contort body sideways.
-Does not have great length relative to his height (+2 1/2)

Outlook Aggressive combo guard who shows great potential in a number of different areas. Still has a ways to go as a shooter and facilitator. Committed to Duke.

adidas Eurocamp Interviews: Edrice Adebayo and Frank Jackson

Jun 09, 2015, 12:44 pm

2015 adidas Eurocamp: Day Two

Jun 07, 2015, 03:26 pm
Fast rising 2016 recruit Frank Jackson had a nice showing today, scoring 12 points. A 6'3 point guard from Utah powerhouse Lone Peak HS, Jackson likes to attack off the dribble and score inside the arc. Averaging a tremendous 23.5 points per game for the Utah Prospects in the adidas Gauntlet, Jackson is a terrific scorer who is still developing as a lead guard. Knocking down shots from the inside and out while probing the defense with changes of speed, Jackson's scoring instincts are clear, but so are his rudimentary playmaking skills. Getting careless with the ball at times and not always getting the US Select Team organized in the half court, Jackson is an obvious talent who lacks a degree of polish and experience at the moment. Ranked right on the cusp of 5-star status by many recruiting services, Jackson can put himself over the top if he can make strides as a floor general. He's extremely intelligent and has some great natural gifts, so it's likely only a matter of time until everything comes together for him.

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