Mormon basketball star Frank Jackson faces challenging choices on future

Mormon basketball star Frank Jackson faces challenging choices on future

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Mormon basketball star Frank Jackson faces challenging choices on future

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Frank Jackson (Photo: EYBL)

Frank Jackson (Photo: Adidas)

SUWANEE, Ga. – Dennis Smith Jr., Edrice Adebayo, Kobi Jordan-Simmons, Rawle Alkins and the rest of the elite prospects here at adidas Finals have the unfathomably difficult task of, at some point over the next nine months, picking among a who’s who of college basketball’s most elite programs.

A tall order indeed, but at least it’s just one decision; Frank Jackson, on the other hand, has two.

Jackson, a shooting guard who runs with the Utah Prospects, is a Mormon, and will have to decide whether he’ll serve a mission after graduating from Lone Peak (Alpine, Utah) next year or head to college.

“It’s going to be a tough decision for sure,” Jackson said Wednesday. “At first I had decided to go ahead and do the mission, but in the last few weeks I started to think about it more and I’m not sure about that. So yeah, two tough decisions.”

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College coaches are willing to wait for Jackson, even if that means they won’t get him until two years after he graduates.

The virtue of patience is easier to grasp for a 6-foot-4 freak athlete of a guard who’s proved to be all but unstoppable when he decides he wants to score. Jackson is ranked No. 9 overall in the Class of 2016 and the No. 4 point guard by the 247Sports Composite.

Jackson averaged 23.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game on the adidas Gauntlet this summer. He shot 56.2 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from three-point range.

That kind of production has everyone from Duke to Arizona to Stanford to North Carolina to Maryland, among many others, all giving chase. Duke and Stanford had all four members of their coaching staff watching Jackson on Wednesday night; Arizona had two coaches in attendance.

“I’ve got so many great schools that are recruiting me and this is what I wanted,” said Jackson, who decommitted from BYU last year. “I decommitted because I wanted to experience the whole recruiting process. I committed after my freshman year and I wanted to take visits and see what else was out there. I’m glad I did it this way; it opened my eyes to a lot.

“I was just at Stanford and I’ll take an official to Arizona in August and Duke sometime in the fall. I don’t know when I’ll decide; just when the time is right. The good thing is I can’t go wrong with any of the schools.”

Now all he’s got to do is decide… Twice.

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