Many have speculated that legendary Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski might soon consider retirement as he comes closer to the age of 70. But after winning the school’s 5th NCAA Championship in 2015 and making a killing on the recruiting trail in recent years, securing the commitments of elite prospects like Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, and Justice Winslow, all of which are now in the NBA, Coach K is still arguably at the top of his game.
When it comes to recruiting, Coach K is arguably on par with Kentucky’s John Calipari in securing some of the nation’s elite 5 star recruits, as he once again has reeled in a Top 3 recruiting class for the upcoming collegiate season featuring talents like Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard, and Chase Jeter.
2016 looks to be another recruiting coup as adding to the already committed Jason Tatum, the #2 overall ranked player secured for the following season, Duke recently got a commitment from one of the top point guards in the nation regardless of class in Frank Jackson, who averaged 27 ppg for Lone Peak, Utah last season and is fresh off scoring 20 points in the 2015 Under Armour Elite 24 Game last week.
The 6’4 and 195 pound athletic combo guard is just entering his senior season, but he reminds many of former Duke standout Jay Williams, who was a former NCAA Player of the Year and NBA Lottery pick, for his combination of scoring, athleticism, and leadership abilities.
Jackson was once a BYU commit back as early as 2013, as he had planned on going on a 2 year mission prior to entering the college ranks, but decommitted once his stock began to rise to a 5 star level this Summer.
Duke looks to be in a good position going forward now that Jackson is in the fold as they are reportedly still in contention for #2 overall recruit in 2016 Harry Giles, as well as being on the final list of recruits like Marques Bolden and Wenyen Gabriel.
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Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.