Frank Jackson (SG/PG, Duke)

Measurables: 6’3.5”, 6’7.5” wingspan, 201 lbs, 19.0 years old

Strengths

  • One of the youngest players in this draft
  • Great size for defending point guards
  • Quick, good athlete – gets into lane
  • Good finisher around rim – crafty with floaters and finishes but can also go into contact
  • Confident in his jumper, good 3 point shooter – 39% on 4 attempts a game
  • Gets jumper off dribble or off catch – not afraid to pull
  • Able to split defenses coming off of screens
  • Wasn’t placed in best role at Duke
  • Big time athlete who tested very well at combine
  • Scores at all 3 levels, has translatable game
  • Already has strong frame that helps him finish into contact

Weaknesses

  • Really a tweener guard – size of a PG, plays like a SG
  • Sometimes settles for difficult finishes instead of getting all the way to rim
  • Not overly explosive near rim – mostly settles for finger rolls
  • 61 ast, 49 tov last year – not good for guard prospect
  • Has trouble decision making as a passer
  • Poor IQ as a help defender – clearly has gaps in knowing where he needs to be
  • Doesn’t fight through screens
  • Often lost his man completely in switch situations
  • Passive defender – effort level needs to improve
  • Very bad defensive value stats – 0.2 DBPM
  • Likely will always be a bench player at the next level

Overall

  • Jackson’s got clear skill as a scorer, and that combined with his size and youth have him on the draft radar. However, he’s extremely limited as a playmaker for others and has a long way to go on defense even given his frame. As soon as he gets hit with a screen he’s basically out of the play. One of the youngest players in the draft pool, he’s got time to improve his IQ and effort on both ends. He brings value offensively because he can stretch defenses as a shooter with the ability to attack closeouts, but he’s got a long way to go on defense.

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