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Duke's Jackson to hire an agent, stay in NBA Draft

Posted May 12

Duke's Frank Jackson during the Blue Devils' game versus Georgia Tech on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC.  (Photo by Jack Morton)

Duke guard Frank Jackson will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft.

As a freshman, Jackson played in 36 games, making 16 starts. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per contest.

“Frank has a bright future ahead of him,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “His combination of athleticism and fearlessness makes him a special player. The next step for him is continuing to develop so he can maximize his exceptional potential.”

Sources indicate he will hire Bill Duffy to become his agent. Duffy’s client list includes Jahlil Okafor, Danny Green, Andrew Wiggins, Rajon Rondo and Joakim Noah.

Jackson is predicted by many draft experts to be a second-round selection.

Jackson was named to the All-ACC Tournament second team after averaging 13.0 points and shooting .515 from the floor in Brooklyn as Duke became the first team to win four games in as many days to claim the title.

Jackson scored in double figures 20 times as a freshman, reaching the 20-point mark on three occasions. He led the Blue Devils in scoring six times on the year and delivered a season-high 22 points against No. 15 Florida State on Feb. 28 to help spark Duke to victory in its home finale.

He was the co-MVP of the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game and also won the slam dunk contest the night before the game.

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