Pelicans trade up, take Duke's Frank Jackson in 2nd round

The Phoenix Suns selected Kansas product Josh Jackson with the fourth overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, and the Arizona Diamondbacks had the new local sports star on hand to throw out the first pitch before the team's game on Friday night. And although the Alpine, Utah, native did not go in the top 30 selections, he did not have to wait any longer than that. The journey took him to Duke and the prestigious college program of head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The 6-foot-4 Jackson, who left Duke after his freshman season, is a combo guard going to a team in need of backcourt help. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 208 pounds and sporting a 7-foot wingspan, Reed averaged 35.3 minutes, 14.9 points and almost five rebounds per game this year.

"They weren't in my mind, to be honest", Jackson admitted to the media pool. Overall he scored an above average 1.07 points per possession, and was the seventh most efficient scorer out of all high major conferences. I'm going to be the best player I can be. "This has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I want to take it and run with it".

"He's been tremendous from day one", Jackson said of his former coach. New Orleans acquired that pick by way of a trade that sent point guard Tim Frazier to Washington.

The Pelicans dealt their No. 10 pick to the Sacramento Kings as part of a package to acquire All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in February.

"He played with some upperclassmen, but he found a way to fit in", the Pelicans' Dell Demps said of Jackson's role at Duke. Although he's still recovering from foot surgery (stress fracture), Jackson gives New Orleans a competitor who has a lot of scoring potential. "He can play both guard spots".

"I'm super athletic, I'm quick, can defend multiple positions and am a good shooter", Jackson said when asked to list his strengths and possible areas of improvement.

  • Julie Sanders