Lone Peak's Frank Jackson sees Duke as too good of an opportunity to pass up

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  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Sept. 4, 2015 1:13 p.m.

    So many bitter BYU fans -- we should let it go. We are going to have a decent teams, so let's be happy about that, and let's be happy for this kid and his opportunity. I would have taken a free ride to Duke over a free ride at BYU, and all I'm doing is going to school. As much as I would have loved him here, it seems like a no brainer.

    To the Ute fan or two being difficult, yes, they meant a "legendary to BYU fans" team, not all time NCAA legendary team. If the BYU fan meant all time NCAA legendary team, I would ask them to get their head checked. To the person saying this is the easy way out -- moving across the country, away from your family, playing on national TV many times, and playing the top competition, all while at one of the top academic schools does not sound like the easy way out. Some people want different things. He wants to win a NC and go pro, he doesn't want to elevate BYU, and that's perfectly ok, that's not his job.

  • Heman Elk Grove, CA
    Sept. 4, 2015 10:16 a.m.

    True, a young man's mission choice isn't any of our business. However, I have concerns about the counsel they get. I had significant professional sports opportunities prior to mission. I had better opportunities after my mission.

    What rubs me wrong is counsel that one can be a good ambassador for the church in professional sports, as though that would be equivalent/better/selfless choice because of a larger scale perception impact on the church. For those who've foregone a mission for sports, it RARELY works out.

    True, each has their agency and how they exercise it should be of little concern to others. True, a mission is not the right choice for everyone. However, I can't help fut feel these young men are given very short-sighted and unrealistic counsel from parents, coaches, and others when making a decision to serve a mission. As one who has experienced both a mission and professional sports (and walked away), you simply can't replace a mission. There is no comparable substitute for that opportunity. Later in life, an active man is more likely to regret foregoing a mission than the alternative.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 4, 2015 7:13 a.m.

    @Uteology

    Nice try with your "Clintonian Spin".

    No...you said:

    "How does one (i.e. an individual) become legendary with ONE Elite Eight appearance in over 35 years"?

    You clearly referred to the individual
    We demonstrated that Jimmer did just that.

    Q.E.D.

  • And so it begins... Sandy, UT
    Sept. 3, 2015 5:10 p.m.

    Uteology

    Jimmermania was a national phenomena unlike anything ever to occur on the hill.

    When was the last time any Utah player became his own nightly highlight reel?

    With Jimmer and Brandon, BYU was a Final Four and national championship contender.

    Even without Brandon, Jimmer was able to lead BYU to within a point of advancing to the Elite Eight.

    The fact that Jimmer swept every meaningful national individual award says it all about how unique his game was.

    It's obvious that you're still smarting over the total annihilation Jimmer laid on U in his last visit to the Huntsman.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2015 8:37 a.m.

    @never break .500

    Of course, Jackson had zero interest in playing or committing to the U. That would be a complete ridiculous pipe dream by Ute fans. Sorry to break it to you, no one grows up thinking "some day I may be able to play for those Utes." Mostly you get random jocks from Juco looking for a chance for immediate play time, not knowing anything about SLC or the school.

    --------------

    More fantasy from down south.

    Brekkott Chapman had offers from BYU, Utah and Utah State, Cal, Colorado, Gonzaga, UCLA and Arizona. But throughout it all, the University of Utah was the preferred choice:

    “There were times where he thought about other places, but Utah was always towards the top of the list... I wanted to be a part of something that was going to change and become great again."

    “We were sitting down in our living room and (my mom) got a little teary eyed and said — I think it was first when Utah offered me a scholarship — she got a little teary eyed and said, ‘My boy’s going to do good things,’" Chapman said, recalling the first time a scholarship offer arrived at his house.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2015 8:20 a.m.

    Bluto
    Sandy, UT

    @Uteology

    How does one become legendary with ONE Elite Eight appearance in over 35 years?

    Ask Jimmer...

    In college, Jimmer was indeed a Legend, capturing "every" POY award and having his own continual segment on SportsCenter....His NBA career notwithstanding..

    Nobody at Utah has ever matched his collegiate popularity.
    To deny that that is to deny reality.

    -----------------

    Ask Jimmer? He played in an Elite 8 game?

    Good for him, I'm sure Cougar Nation enjoyed the hype on SportsCenter while going 3-4 in the postseason.

    How does that make BYU, which the original post was about, a legendary team?

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 3:56 p.m.

    To be honest Frank is only going to play one year and then enter the draft. He is a great player but he probably couldn't help to deliver a NC to Utah or BYU. They just don't have the horses. Plus Frank would not necessarily be the best player on the floor for BYU or Utah... The most potential and highest ceiling? You Bet! but he is not a better point guard today the Kyle Collinsworth. Players are drafted on future potential especially when they are 19 and going into the draft. Most BYU RM aren't going to improve a lot because they are 24 yr. old.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 3:16 p.m.

    All comes down to being a little fish in a big pond or a big fish in a little pond. It's sad, with what BYU has coming back next year we're already going to be a sweet 16, with Jackson we would have been a final four. Oh well, here's for hoping.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 3:03 p.m.

    Coach K won't be at Duke in 4 years. He's 67 years old.

  • Yeah whatever Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 3:03 p.m.

    @ The Greater Truth

    There aren't many better men than the "real" coach K that he could play for. He will get a lot from that experience. Now if he had chosen to play for the "other" coach K, that would have been a shocker. No comparison!

  • H3 in AK Anchorage, AK
    Sept. 2, 2015 3:00 p.m.

    As a cougar fan, I'm disappointed it didnt work out for BYU. However, I respect your decision, Frank. Duke is a great program and coach K is a great man and coach. Good luck during your time at Duke. I'll be rooting for you. Represent Utah Valley well!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 2, 2015 1:49 p.m.

    He has made other commitments before. There is no way to know what he really will do until he signs his commitment. Coach K won't be there much longer so he may change his mind even after he signs.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Sept. 2, 2015 1:01 p.m.

    Interesting how any discussion of Frank Jackson evaluating plans to go on a mission is none of our business to many DN readers. That subject is not an un-newsworthy issue for the DN writer, nor for Frank Jackson himself. But, I suppose it’s a pretty clear-cut issue. Either nothing takes precedence over serving a mission, or sometimes there are actually better things to do with your life for those 2 years. That's the hard question each young man should ask himself. Is there really something better I should do than a mission for those 2 years of my life?

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2015 12:44 p.m.

    As much as I would have loved to see him play at B.Y.U. he chose Duke. That is his choice. As for going on a mission his latest comments make it sound like he is now undecided. I hope he changes his mind about going on a mission because if he chooses not to go which is his choice he is missing out on a great experience.

  • North Guy Corinne, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 12:31 p.m.

    Another good athlete pursuing the "one & Done" dream of the NBA. Good Luck FJ

  • One of Vai's Cousins DC, Washington
    Sept. 2, 2015 11:53 a.m.

    I'm a huge BYU fan but fans criticizing Frank's decision are just clueless. He is one of the top players in the country and is going to possibly the top program in the country. How can that be anything but commendable. And I guarantee you he will have far more of a positive influence as a good LDS kid standing out at Duke than being one of 15 playing with the Cougars. And he will also represent the Church better as a pro player than baptizing 3 or 4 people in South Dakota most of which will go inactive after a year.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 2, 2015 11:39 a.m.

    Whether he goes on a mission or not is irrelevant and is not my concern nor any of my business. I wish people would stop bringing that up.

    If his sole objective is the NBA here are some of the pros and cons of picking Duke over BYU.

    Pros:
    1) Coach K. Great coach. Great teacher. Simply the best
    2) Legitimate shot at national title, almost every year.
    3) More exposure through prime time TV. Every Network wants to show Duke in BB.
    4) The caliber of players on his own team and his opponents' teams increases his legitimacy.

    Cons:
    1) Jackson is probably not a one and done player as Parker was. In fact he may not even be a starter his freshman year, thus the risk of getting "lost" in the roster.
    2) Much more difficult to stand out when the whole team consists of 4 and 5 star recruits.
    Case in point: Jimmer Fredette. Would Jimmer have gotten POY and all the other accolades while playing for Duke? Would he have gone as high in the draft? The whole team revolved around Jimmer at BYU. Would that have happened at Duke? I believe the answer to all those questions is "no".

  • daver Provo, 00
    Sept. 2, 2015 11:27 a.m.

    Best wishes in the new surroundings, Frank!

    The fame and bright lights of Dukedom are certainly intoxicating. Although, maybe not in Franks' case, it will be nice one day when a 4-5 star recruit has the courage and spirit of adventure to want to take a team like BYU or Utah, which are a player or two away from a deep, Duke-like tournament run, and break new ground with a team that holds great promise, but maybe doesn't have an embarrassment of riches, like Duke does. What could be more fun and rewarding than breaking new ground and being more original than all of the current and past stars who leave their home states and play for Duke. Duke is a no-brainer, of course, if you want to stay inside the box. It seems to be an obvious choice, to want jump into a group of players who are guaranteed a spot in national title conversations. So with the decision in the rear view mirror, the next challenge will be competing for a starting spot against other elite point guards.

    Best wishes in all you do. It will be a thrill to be surrounded with so much talent.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 11:25 a.m.

    Of course I wanted FJ at BYU; who wouldn't? And yet, a look at the players who would be in front of him at BYU would actually likely make it harder to see court time than it would at one-and-done Duke. If the hope is to go right to the NBA after one year--and I know he's good, but I haven't heard him put in the same league as immediate lottery picks--it certainly would be better to go to a school that doesn't have seasoned stars. And I know this will be heresy to the anti-BYU types, but the likelihood of a deep and talented BYU beating a team of freshmen at Duke in the Tournament is very good; we only have to look at Jabari's experience against a less-talented but veteran team to see that.

  • 83Ute Ogden/Weber, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 11:17 a.m.

    @DC Surfs (5:57 pm)

    "Previous to last year, you (Utah) had at least 10 straight losing seasons. Get ahold of yourselves."

    While the decade you refer to was one of the low points of the strong Utah basketball history, I have to set the record straight. In the 10 years PRIOR TO last year, the Utah basketball team had 4 winning seasons including two conference championships and one appearance in the Sweet 16. They didn't have anything close to 10 or more than 10 consecutive losing seasons.

  • DP742 American Fork, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 11:04 a.m.

    I'm a huge Y fan but I can't blame him for this choice at all. I'd have done the same thing if I had gotten a chance to play for Coach K. Good luck out there!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 10:05 a.m.

    @Cottonwood High School aka CHA

    The subject is College Basketball.
    Your introduction of a "Strawman" notwithstanding.

    Uteology asked....
    "How does one become legendary with ONE Elite Eight appearance in over 35 years"?

    I answered that...
    Learn to stay on point.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 9:44 a.m.

    @Old Scarecrow: when he's playing the Jazz.

  • arock04 Kalamazoo, MI
    Sept. 2, 2015 9:18 a.m.

    Wow, I'm really surprised to read all these negative comments about him choosing Duke and choosing not to serve a mission! I thought Frank had agency like the rest of us? If he chooses not to serve a mission that is his business. Does it really hurt you if he makes that decision? No, so let it go!
    And to really think that BYU would have been the better choice for Frank is ridiculous! As far as a basketball standpoint goes, it does not get any better than Coach K. (remember how he also coaches Team USA too...) No offense to the Cougars or Coach Rose, but it just isn't Coach K or Duke. And, comparing Frank to Jabari is crazy. Two very different players in two very different situations!
    Good luck Frank! Show the world what you can do and enjoy every second of it!

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 9:05 a.m.

    He'll be back in Utah in a couple of years.

  • Clinton Ute Clinton , UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 8:32 a.m.

    @ never break,

    "Of course, Jackson had zero interest in playing or committing to the U. That would be a complete ridiculous pipe dream by Ute fans." Thanks for letting us Ute fans know this since you are obviously close to FJ and know his inner thoughts. The same could be said about byu and playing in the WCC since he had already DE-COMMITTED from the y. And the whole JUCO thing made me laugh. Yes Delon was a special player who found success at Utah (and was an NBA 1st rounder unlike Haws). Jordan Loveridge and Brekkot Chapman were both highly rated ESPN 100 high school recruits with Chapman training with the U-19 Team USA this past summer.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Sept. 2, 2015 8:25 a.m.

    If Jabari Parker didn't have to play one year of college ball he would have been a top 5 choice for the NBA right out of high school. So going to Duke marginally helped his NBA chances. The challenge is to lift a team with less talent than Duke to a higher level they would normally achieve. Frank J. will miss that opportunity. Duke is very talented and BYU is very good also the next few years with what they have coming in.

  • Clinton Ute Clinton , UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 8:07 a.m.

    Congratulations Frank Jackson and good luck at Duke. To all of you judging Frank on his mission that has yet to occur, I'm a RM myself and wouldn't trade my experiences for the world. That being said there are other ways to "serve", look at Jabari Parker and the way that he is representing the church. Just because Frank might decide to not serve a mission doesn't mean anything. He could be a great ambassador for the church being in the public spotlight and living his faith for all to see. How can you judge someone on their decision when you haven't been in their shoes. I doubt many of you were 5 star athletes with the opportunity to play professional sports when you decided to go on mission. And going to Duke does have an impact on his professional career for all those complaining about how he would still be drafted if he went to the y. Look at the 2 best players to come out of byu lately, one is in Europe and one could be cut from SA after training camp. The WCC conference just doesn't get the same exposure, sorry.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 8:03 a.m.

    @Bluto

    "Nobody at Utah has ever matched his collegiate popularity."

    Maybe so, but what's the difference between Andre Miller (age 39), and Jimmer Fredette (age 26)? One of them is a starter in the NBA.

    Do your "glory days" truly end when you receive that college diploma?

    ... and why are his missionary plans anyone's business?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 8:04 a.m.

    Bluto: I agreee. Provo popularity and collegiate popularity are one in the same.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 8:02 a.m.

    @worf:
    Both of which are just fine.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 7:54 a.m.

    @Uteology

    How does one become legendary with ONE Elite Eight appearance in over 35 years?

    Ask Jimmer...

    In college, Jimmer was indeed a Legend, capturing "every" POY award and having his own continual segment on SportsCenter....His NBA career notwithstanding..

    Nobody at Utah has ever matched his collegiate popularity.
    To deny that that is to deny reality.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 7:48 a.m.

    Let's see. He gets a better education and basketball experience at Duke vs. what either Utah school had to offer. Only a few get the opportunity for a Duke basketball scholarship and Frank just did. It's a no brainer.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 7:38 a.m.

    @VegasUte

    He is playing for Coach K.
    There is only one Coach K, and he does not reside at Utah, nor does he wear Red.

    Memo to Ute fans...Try originality!.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2015 6:58 a.m.

    Gandalph
    Sandy, UT

    This was a foregone conclusion as soon as Frank decommited from BYU.

    I hope he does well at Duke, but he could have been part of a legendary team at BYU.

    -----------------

    Instead he'll have to settle for being a part of a legendary program at Duke.

    How does one become legendary with ONE Elite Eight appearance in over 35 years?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2015 6:55 a.m.

    No surprise, good luck at Duke!

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Sept. 2, 2015 6:49 a.m.

    Some high school seniors know what career they want and the best college at which to prepare. If they want to be nuclear scientists, they would hope to go to MIT or lawyers to Harvard or Yale, journalists to Columbia or Medicine to Johns Hopkins. Frank Jackson wants to play in the NBA, so Duke is probably the best choice for him, even though there are no guarantees and he probably won't be at Duke for more than a year. Good luck to a good kid with a dream. Hope things work out well for him.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 6:20 a.m.

    pretty easy decision really.. great fans, coach, facility etc etc and a chance to get to the national championship

    BYU, Utah, Stanford... great fans, good coaches, nice facilities - no chance of winning a national championship

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 2, 2015 2:47 a.m.

    We look forward to welcoming Frank to the neighborhood.

    As to the who think he should have stayed and represented the state of Utah... he is already doing that. The fact that Duke recruited out of the State of Utah has already raised the profile of the state. Playing in state wouldn't have done anything for the state. As a former Cougar and Ute - I say this as a fan of both programs - most years the rest of the nation doesn't even know Utah or BYU have basketball programs. It has been a while since either team has put a national attention worthy team on the court. Its been equally long since either has placed a real marques national player into the NBA. And yes, there is Jimmer, but his experience is almost more a warning sign then it is a success story.

    Frank coming to Duke is going to put a lot of fresh eyeballs on the kids playing high school ball in Utah, and open up a lot of new opportunities for them. It also just made Utah and BYUs recruiting that much harder.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 1:57 a.m.

    Meh! He committed once before to go to BYU and go on a mission. He decommited to BYU and most likely to decommit to a mission. Meh!

    Who cares?

  • never break .500 Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 2, 2015 12:53 a.m.

    Shame on Jackson selling out for Duke. He committed to BYU and could have been a good example to others and had the same NBA career as anywhere else if he is a good ball player. He may sit the bench when all is said and done and Duke gets all their other 5 star players. That would be fitting.

    Of course, Jackson had zero interest in playing or committing to the U. That would be a complete ridiculous pipe dream by Ute fans. Sorry to break it to you, no one grows up thinking "some day I may be able to play for those Utes." Mostly you get random jocks from Juco looking for a chance for immediate play time, not knowing anything about SLC or the school. See Delon Wright, etc. Deal with the reality. If you get enough of them to field a team, they can be good but they represent nothing.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 12:36 a.m.

    When Frank committed to BYU he was a lightly regarded freshman. He has grown into a terrific basketball player and a terrific young man. Duke is a great choice for this young man. It's a great place for academics and of course a great institution for hoop stars.

    As much as we would all have loved to see him player here in the state of Utah, we all have to respect his decision. Tough for the BYU and UofU programs to see one get away, both programs will survive.

    Good luck Frank.

  • Woodworker Highland, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 12:30 a.m.

    Frank, Congratulations! And consider this: When you "play" for your Heavenly Father, you always play for the VERY best. It is also an opportunity you can't afford to pass up. Godspeed to you!

  • jjarseneau Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 2, 2015 12:28 a.m.

    Your money won't buy you time that will be lost forever. Go on a mission.

  • Not Much of a Fan OC, CA
    Sept. 1, 2015 11:37 p.m.

    He could come to his senses and decommit again...

  • Just Smiling BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 11:35 p.m.

    Wow BYU fans, way to be supportive of a local kid just because he doesn't go to the Y and way to attack the U. Read the article. He was also considering the U. And to attack the U and Coach K.? Sheesh, just because they beat the Y the last 2 years and went to the Sweet 16 and are pre-season rated now, where do you come off attacking their program? Acknowledge what the Utes are doing presently and where they are now, not in the past. Be realistic... would you rather play on a team with a bunch of 2 and 3 star players with a couple of 4 star players and be popular in Utah County or play with all 5 star players in a tough conference and be known nationwide? How many players for Duke are in the NBA and how many from BYU? Duh!

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 11:22 p.m.

    While many of us who follow college b.ball in Utah rooted for Frank to stay in state, we realize it is a great opportunity to play for a legendary coach. Coach K is the one coach who would honor Frank's decision to serve a mission. Out of all the options a college player has: play and graduate and follow the money; play one year and follow the money; transfer; etc., the single greatest opportunity for a person at this stage of their life is to serve others: LDS mission, Peace Corps, etc.

    No matter the satisfaction of representing a local university, or having family and friends watch court side, or following a life long dream-when the allure of fame and fortune is strong enough, everything else becomes virtually unimportant. The supposed importance of playing a game in front of rabid fans; being watched on national TV, and receiving countless opportunities with zero moral value can never supplant the value of leaving home for a couple of years to lose oneself in helping others.

  • Eddie Would Go FPO, AE
    Sept. 1, 2015 11:21 p.m.

    To those of you making the "but Frank could have been a legend at BYU, rather than just another guy at Duke," should athletes turn down BYU just so they can be legends at Idaho State?

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 11:12 p.m.

    Frank said: "Right as we got there we went and saw Coach rzyzewski speak and it was really powerful," Bear Bryant, Woody Hayes, John Wooden and name a few they were Powerful Speakers. Whatever!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 10:52 p.m.

    Sorry Frank, I won't be watching Duke playing on my tv. Coach K Duke who? Legendary? He is old. And one more, you are now "Rent a Player"

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 1, 2015 10:49 p.m.

    Congrats to Frank and good luck. Playing for Coach K is hard to pass up. I do understand the allure of going to Duke, but Frank, Nick, TJ and Eric with all the other recruits that Dave Rose has would have been something special. He could have been part of legendary squad at BYU. Cougar fans would have remembered his name for years. I guess being one of the guys at Duke> then being a BYU legend.

  • Cougsrock original Maricopa, Az
    Sept. 1, 2015 9:36 p.m.

    Vegas ute. Ya the "real coach k". Like he ever considered being a Ute.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 9:26 p.m.

    Bets on whether he goes on a mission?

  • And so it begins... Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 9:27 p.m.

    CHS 85

    "You mean the Jabari Parker who was selected 2nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft?"

    There was no cause and affect link between Jabari going to Duke and Jabari being a high NBA draft pick.

    Jabari would have been one of the top picks in the NBA draft whether he'd played at Duke, BYU, or any other school.

    Do you honestly think Jabari will be idolized by Duke fans as the player who lead Duke to an opening game loss to Mercer in the NCAA tournament?

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Sept. 1, 2015 9:04 p.m.

    Duke is an excellent school. Choosing Duke for a one and done college career renders that excellent education moot. In fact I'm surprised that Duke values NCs more than the education they should deliver to their athletes. But hey, what do I know? Grab the pro chance as a 19-year-old kid, then most likely be broke and looking for something after a few years.

    Maybe Jabari Parker will stick and get good financial manager and do well. Most don't. Sad to say.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 8:39 p.m.

    Why is it anyone's business if he chooses to go on a mission or not?

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Sept. 1, 2015 8:30 p.m.

    Those posting about a Duke education are just showing they don't follow college BB. Read JayDee's post.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 1, 2015 8:18 p.m.

    Worfs prediction from a year ago.

    No BYU, or mission.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 8:16 p.m.

    Best wishes to Frank at Duke.

  • I Choose Freedom Atlanta, GA
    Sept. 1, 2015 7:18 p.m.

    I can't name one single player on Duke's team. in the coming years that will not change. Frank who?

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 7:07 p.m.

    no surprises here. Good for FJ, Duke will be an incredible opportunity. The only sad thing to me is if he decides not to serve a mission.

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Sept. 1, 2015 7:01 p.m.

    Another disappointed fan here hoping he would represent the state at ether BYU or Utah, wish he would have kept his original commitment but things change. What we learned from Jabari was he was just another very good player at Duke whereas at BYU he would have been the greatest player and still be selected where he was in the NBA. The same will probably be said for Jackson. Appears many people feel the same.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 6:45 p.m.

    @Gandalph

    "At Duke, he'll likely be just like Jabari Parker, a very good played on a good team that will soon be forgotten amongst the myriad of great Duke players and teams."

    Are you for real? Do you honestly think he is planning to play basketball at the college level and then quit?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 6:43 p.m.

    @blue & white

    "lesson learned from Jabari who didn't do much for Duke's championship hopes."

    You mean the Jabari Parker who was selected 2nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft? Is that the Jabari you are referencing?

  • the greater truth Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 6:26 p.m.

    [DN: Are we allowed to be critical, in generality, of any player choosing to play outside of utah?]

    It seems with these young ball players it is all about ego.

    There is no other reason to across country to play ball.

    I mean... if Coach k was so great... tell me what did Jabari learn there that couldn't have learned else where...

    What did burgess learn there that he didn't learn else where?

    What did Damian lilliard fail to learn by not going to some big name basketball school? Clearly he shouldn't have been able to make it to the pros with inferior coaching and inferior competition.

    And clearly all those Ute players in the pros are failures because they plaiyed at a mwc/wac school.

    Why should Jackson help Duke win anything?

    It's all about stoking one's own ego. That's why any player leaves utah to go a big name school.

    Playing with a bunch of other blue chippers will obviously increase your chance at winning a championship. but there really isn't anything else to gain going to some distant big name school.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 6:15 p.m.

    All the comments about the quality of education at Duke, while likely accurate, seem irrelevant in this case. If all goes as planned for Mr. Jackson, he'll experience about one semester and change of that world-class education. Enjoy the hoops!

  • Gandalph Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 6:15 p.m.

    This was a foregone conclusion as soon as Frank decommited from BYU.

    I hope he does well at Duke, but he could have been part of a legendary team at BYU.

    At Duke, he'll likely be just like Jabari Parker, a very good played on a good team that will soon be forgotten amongst the myriad of great Duke players and teams.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 1, 2015 6:15 p.m.

    @blue & white:

    "lesson learned from Jabari who didn't do much for Duke's championship hopes"

    Uh, Jabari was the second overall pick in the NBA Draft. It is really horrible that he is making millions playing basketball and has a gatorade endorsement deal.

    "Too bad he chose the easy way out."

    Playing on a team the caliber of Duke, with all the related pressure to perform, is not "the easy way out". Playing at byu in a very low profile conference against teams with gyms that have way less than 9,000 seats (including the vaunted Gonzaga) would have been the easy way out.

  • DC Surfs ,
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:57 p.m.

    Good for Frank. I would have loved to have seen him in Provo but we will be elite even without him.

    I'm somewhat amused at the postings related to a top 20 program in the state of Utah though. One decent season suddenly makes you guys perennial world beaters? Previous to last year, you had at least 10 straight losing seasons. Get ahold of yourselves.

    I'm very excited for Cougar basketball for at least the remainder of the decade. We will definitely talking about perennial world beaters then. It will be fun to take it to coach k and the haters.

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:46 p.m.

    Some people are born to play Basketball. Frank is one of them. Duke's gain and BYU's lost plus a degree from Duke is not bad either. I hope he remains healthy and the best of luck to him at Duke.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:46 p.m.

    Too bad he chose the easy way out. BYU would have been a better choice for him and the school. lesson learned from Jabari who didn't do much for Duke's championship hopes. The team he was on lost the first round in the March tourney and he didn't get player of the year honors. Any way good luck to you in basket ball playing in Duke's 9,000 seat gym.

  • Levin Reno, NV
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:40 p.m.

    Good for Frank. Silver lining for BYU: he kept the Cougars in consideration, which might signal to other top players that Coach Rose might be worth playing for. You can't be in the "Final 4" for too many top LDS recruits (some of whom pick the Cougs, some who don't) before others start to think there is more to it than just religion.

  • owesley Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:40 p.m.

    And yes. Duke is a fabulous place. After my two years in Durham, Duke will forever hold a spot in my heart. Jackson is going to the second best choice he could have made. Duke and BYU; I will forever bleed blue. I think Frank's stock continued to rise from October until now and he faced a personal dilemma of choosing between best and better. Duke is a fabulous to play BB and an even greater place to secure a life changing education. Way to go Frank. What I don't understand is how u was in your top four along with Stanford, Duke and BYU??

  • CaliCougar Claremont, California
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:36 p.m.

    No surprise here...I'm just glad the media coverage will now come to an end.

  • BYUjazz17 Kearns, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 5:17 p.m.

    Would of loved to see him at the Y, but it will be awesome to watch him represent the state of Utah at Duke!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 1, 2015 4:52 p.m.

    We would have liked to see you play in red for Coach K, but understand why you chose to play in blue for Coach K.

    Congratulations to you and yours. Best of luck to you at Duke.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 1, 2015 4:49 p.m.

    I have many friends and relatives who went to Duke. Its a great school in addition to a great tradition in Basketball. I hope he takes advantage of both.

  • Utah Sports Fan Salt lake, UT
    Sept. 1, 2015 4:41 p.m.

    Congrats Frank and family. Good luck this year and at the next level.

  • Chummley MISSION VIEJO, CA
    Sept. 1, 2015 4:35 p.m.

    Obviously the choice. As much as I want him at BYU - and the program is good - Duke is the top of the class. Had I been accepted to Harvard I assure I would have gone.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Sept. 1, 2015 4:35 p.m.

    Oh thank goodness - we can all exhale now.