Morning links: Frank Jackson’s path to Duke chronicled; Rudy Gobert ranked top 10 international player

Posted: November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Sports Illustrated’s Brian Hamilton took at look at Lone Peak guard Frank Jackson’s path to the Duke Blue Devils.

 “Roughly 24 months earlier, Jackson was a star in the small pond of Utah, a state not known for elite basketball talent. He had been committed to play for BYU since he was 14, a proud basketball school,” Hamilton writes. “He was anticipating serving on a Mormon mission after high school, which meant college basketball could have been years away.”

After looking at Jackson’s start at Duke, Hamilton continued, “It is one thing to renege on a commitment and change schools. It is something else to renege on a commitment and essentially change a life. Jackson was a Mormon player headed to a Mormon school, convinced he would take a Mormon mission like his older sisters and his friends. By reopening his recruitment and welcoming overtures from other schools like Duke, Jackson changed his path dramatically.”

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