GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Frank Jackson


Age: 19
Position: SG
College: Duke, Freshman

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’2”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’3 ½”
Weight: 202
Wingspan: 6’7 ½”
Standing Reach: 8’2”
Max Vertical: 42”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 24.9
PPG: 10.9
RPG: 2.5
STLPG: 0.6
APG: 1.7
FT%: 75.5%
2-PT FG%: 53.9%
3-PT FG%: 39.5%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 38
Chad Ford: 27
Draft Express: 41
Sports Illustrated: 32
CBS Sports: 47

Best-Case Scenario, Austin Rivers, Jerryd Bayless

3 Things to Know
1. Extremely athletic with a ton of bounce
2. Good offensive potential (Especially off the drive)
3. Needs to improve awareness and containment on defense

Strengths
Explosive first step from triple threat
Bouncy and explosive athlete
Absorbs contact well at the rim
Length helps him be disruptive in the paint on defense
Great in transition and early in the shot clock
Rejects pick and roll well with a great cross-over
Changes speeds on switches with bigs
Good touch and finesse on floaters
Good shooting mechanics and rhythm
Good instincts to make himself available off the ball
Good footwork in pull up game

Weaknesses
Struggles to get team into offensive sets
Needs to improve handling ball pressure
Tends to force the issue. Needs to improve decision making
Struggles to execute passing at times
Needs to become more shifty going east-west
Limited to only defending 1s
Struggles to contain quicker and more explosive PGs
Needs to improve awareness on defense

Summary
Frank Jackson’s journey to the NBA is almost complete. The local star out of Lone Peak high school committed to Duke University as a 5-star recruit to play under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, and after one collegiate season decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. Jackson is an incredible athlete with an explosive first step and incredible bounce that allows him to drive to the rim and throw down powerful dunks. He also offers some versatility on offense by either using his soft touch on floaters or his good shooting mechanics to knock down jumpers. Off the ball, he’s able to space the floor well so that he’s always ready to catch and shoot. While Jackson is a force on offense, he struggles with some of the traditional duties of a true point guard like handling ball pressure coming up the court and setting up offensive sets. He also needs to improve his decision-making by slowing down on offense and working on his execution. On the defensive side, his length limits his ability to guard 2s so he’ll need to improve his lateral quickness to contain the faster and more explosive point guards. Jackson needs more time to learn and develop, but he offers a lot of potential for whatever team drafts him. He should be selected from anywhere in the late 1st round to the middle of the 2nd round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin