A pair of former Utah County prep basketball stars found themselves in the headlines Friday, for good and bad.
One-time Lone Peak High guard Frank Jackson made his pro debut at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, scoring 13 first-half points and adding six rebounds for the New Orleans Pelicans in a 90-77 win over the Toronto Raptors before leaving the game with a left ankle injury in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, former BYU and Provo High star Kyle Collinsworth was waived by the Dallas Mavericks hours before he had a relatively quiet night playing for the Mavericks summer league team in a 92-85 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Collinsworth had four rebounds, two steals and a block in nearly 13 minutes but scored a single point, hitting 1 of 2 free throws and missing both of his field-goal attempts.
Jackson, who played one year at Duke before going pro, missed his rookie NBA season with a right ankle injury. He played 13 minutes Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center, shooting 4 of 7 from the field and making all five of his free-throw attempts. Jackson added an assist and a steal with three turnovers while helping New Orleans build a 52-32 halftime lead.
Early in the third, Jackson drove to the basket and rolled his left ankle when he stepped on a defender’s foot. The Pelicans announced that X-rays were negative.
"I would think no chance of him playing tomorrow (against Miami)," Pelicans Summer League coach Kevin Hanson told NOLA.com. "Hopefully, by Monday (he'll be back). He rolled it pretty good."
Collinsworth signed a multi-year contract with Dallas in February that did not guarantee him a roster spot next year. He played in 32 games (starting two) for the Mavericks last season, averaging 15 minutes, 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the field.
The Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko reported Collinsworth would likely re-sign a non-guaranteed deal with Dallas to get him into training camp — if he clears waivers.
Here's a look at how other players with Utah ties fared on the first day of the Las Vegas summer league tournament.2 comments on this story
C.J. Wilcox, Indiana Pacers: The former Pleasant Grove High star scored six points while shooting 1 of 4 from the field — including one made 3-pointer — and 3 of 5 from the free-throw line while adding two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 18 minutes as the Pacers lost to the Houston Rockets 92-89.
Tyler Rawson, Orlando Magic: The former University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Southern Utah and American Fork High forward did not play in the Magic's 86-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Elijah Bryant, Philadelphia 76ers: The former BYU guard did not play for the 76ers in their 95-89 loss to the Boston Celtics.