Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson selected by Charlotte in NBA draft, headed to New Orleans in trade

Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson is officially headed to the NBA.

Jackson, who played one year at Duke after being named a McDonalds All-American in high school, was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 31st overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported that Jackson will be traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 6-foot-3 Jackson was named Mr. Basketball in 2016 and then averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a part-time starter for the Blue Devils.

He entered his name in the draft but didnt immediately hire an agent. Following an impressive showing at the NBA Draft Combine, however, Jackson kept his name in for good and was projected by many to be a first-round pick.

Shortly after the combine, however, Jackson underwent foot surgery, which made him unable to work out for teams prior to the draft. The injury is expected to sideline him through summer league, although he should be ready for training camp in the fall.

Jackson becomes the first local product to be chosen in the NBA draft since 2014 when Pleasant Groves C.J. Wilcox was taken by the LA Clippers.

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