Duke basketball freshmen who would have benefitted from second year

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Frank Jackson #15 of the Duke basketball team defends during a game against the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Frank Jackson. 2. 434. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 2017-18. PPG: 10.9, RPG: 2.5, AST: 1.7, FG: 47.3%. player

Frank Jackson was a victim of his own team’s individual success during his time at Duke.

The point guard had to find a way to share the basketball between Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, and Jayson Tatum while still trying to find a way to create for himself.

An injury in the pre-draft process may have hurt Jackson’s draft stock as he fell out of the first round by one selection, but from his short stint in the NBA, it looks like he could have been a lock as a first-round pick with one more year.

Jackson was a good player at Duke, and the opposite is not the message trying to be conveyed. It’s just when you go back and watch the film, along with reviewing his statistics, you really don’t see an NBA-ready player.

Frank Jackson has a nice role as a backup guard with the New Orleans Pelicans, but his 3-point shooting percentage has not carried over to the NBA — 39.5 percent at Duke compared to 31.8 percent in two seasons in the NBA. But perhaps the point guard will have the chance to break out once his rookie deal is up, allowing him to sign with whatever team he chooses.