I know the history of the game and I've watched the game, and that's part of why it's so exciting. —Lone Peak's Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson joined a very exclusive club on Tuesday night, and he’s not done yet either.
The Lone Peak senior guard became just the seventh player in state history to surpass 2,000 career points when he dropped 28 points on Riverton in a 77-61 victory.
The Duke commit now ranks seventh in state history with 2,024 career points, and he’ll likely vault into fourth-place all-time with a strong showing at next week’s 5A state tournament. He only trails Spanish Fork’s Robbie Reid (1990-1993) by eight points, South Sevier’s Race Parsons (2009-2013) by 69 points and Highland’s Mike Maxwell (1975-1979) by 74 points.
To crack the all-time top three and pass Ben Lomond’s Kurt Miller (1983-1987), he’d need to average 32.5 points in four state tournament games. For a player who’s scored 48, 49 and 52 points respectively in games this year, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
(A list of the top 24 scorers in state history is listed at the bottom of this article).
Jackson played his freshman season at Lehi, scoring a total of 222 points (10.1 ppg). He transferred to Lone Peak his sophomore season and scored 466 points (17.9 ppg) in helping Lone Peak capture its fourth straight 5A state title.
Jackson was the second option on that 2013-2014 Lone Peak team behind T.J. Haws, who averaged 25.2 ppg.
Jackson really started to make a name for himself during his junior season, averaging 26.8 ppg for Lone Peak — at the time the second-highest average for a 5A/4A player since the turn of the century.
Incredibly, he managed to one-up himself this season
With his 28 points on Tuesday, Jackson finished the regular season averaging a staggering 27.8 ppg. It’s best scoring season for a 5A/4A player since Olympus’ Mark Jackson averaged 27.0 points during the 1999-2000 season.
If he keeps up the pace at the state tournament, he’ll become just the ninth 5A/4A player in the past 17 years to average over 25 points per game over an entire season. Of those nine, he currently ranks first and third on that list.
Jackson was recently named a McDonald’s All-American, the first player from Utah since Brighton’s Garner Meads was selected in 2000. This year’s McDonald’s All-American game will be played in Chicago on March 30.
Other local athletes who’s participated in the All-American game are Murray's Britton Johnsen (1997), Emery's Shawn Bradley (1990), Provo's Devin Durrant (1978) and Skyline's Danny Vranes (1977).
When he learned about his honor last month, a humbled Jackson spoke with the Deseret News.
“I know the history of the game and I've watched the game, and that's part of why it's so exciting," said Jackson. "I mean, guys like Kobe (Bryant) and LeBron (James) played in that game. To think I have a chance to play in the same game they did when they were at my age. It's just surreal to me and I couldn't be more honored."
All-time leading scorers in state history
Points — Player, School (Years)
2,283 — Gary Hill, Gunnison (1959-1963)
2,191 — Randy Reid, Spanish Fork (1986-1989)
2,153 — Kurt Miller, Ben Lomond (1983-1987)
2,098 — Mike Maxwell, Highland (1975-1979)
2,093 — Race Parsons, South Sevier (2009-2013)
2,032 — Robbie Reid, Spanish Fork (1990-1993)
2,024 — Frank Jackson, Lehi/Lone Peak (2012-2016)
1,985 — Tyce Barney, Panguitch (2010-2014)
1,970 — Ryan Cuff, Richfield (1986-1990)
1,954 — Nick Emery, Lone Peak (2009-2013)
1,945 — Jimmy Soto, South and Judge (1985-1989)
1,910 — Kalen Parsons, Green River (1997-2001)
1,896 — T.J. Haws, Lone Peak (2010-2014)
1,844 — Sloan Sweat, Wendover (1996-2000)
1,828 — Shawn Dickson, Whitehorse (2007-2011)
1,825 — Koby McEwen, Wasatch Academy (2012-2016)
1,819 — Justin Johnson, Green River (2008-2012)
1,778 — Tyler Haws, Lone Peak (2005-2009)
1,774 — Bowie Jeffs, Emery (2001-2004)
1,756 — Parker VanDyke, East (2009-2013)
1,735 — Shad Watson, Box Elder (2010-2014)
1,711 — Lynn Parsons, South Sevier (1962-1965)
1,704 — Zac Seljaas, Bountiful (2011-2015)
1,682 — Ken Jones, Milford (1976-1979)
Top 5A/4A player averages since turn of century
PPG — Player, School (Year)2 comments on this story
27.8 — Frank Jackson, Lone Peak (2015-2016)
27.0 — Mark Jackson, Olympus (1999-2000)
26.8 — Frank Jackson, Lone Peak (2014-2015)
26.8 — Jesse Wade, Davis (2014-2015)
25.6 — Hayden Schenck, Weber (2012-2013)
25.6 — Johnny Little, Murray (2002-2013)
25.4 — Zac Seljaas, Bountiful (2014-2015)
25.2 — TJ Haws, Lone Peak (2013-2014)
25.0 — Jaden Jackson, Skyline (2010-2010)
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