To the surprise of no one, 2016 five-star guard Frank Jackson chose Duke over BYU, Stanford and Utah in an announcement Tuesday afternoon. Jackson recently took a visit just two days prior to Duke — his second visit to Durham, North Carolina — which likely solidified his college choice.
At one point in the recruiting cycle uber talented 2016 guard Frank Jackson was committed to play his college basketball for BYU, but once he realized how good he was and the pursuit of other big time programs he decommitted from Dave Rose. Jackson has shot up the recruiting rankings and is in the top-15 across the board, and a top-four guard, on various services, and big time schools like Duke, Stanford and North Carolina came calling and that made things difficult for Jackson and his family.
Jackson also was firm on going on an LDS mission seemed to be the case but now that has changed where he may not go on a mission. Plus, there is talk that Jackson is such a talent that he could be a one-and-done college basketball player.
Jackson will be an immediate impact player for Duke and will be not only one of the best freshman when he steps on the floor for Duke, but he will be one of the most talented players in all of college basketball.
BYU missing out on Jackson can be seen at the very least a small surprise as Rose has lost zero players who verbally committed to come to Provo in his 10 years as the Cougars coach.
The Cougars are on the upswing in college basketball with their recent recruiting classes which have been loaded with four-star prospects, so for BYU being in the running for one of the top players in the country is quite impressive.