Just a day after rising to No. 11 on scout.com Class of 2016 rankings, Lone Peak guard Frank Jackson had a chance to prove himself by playing with some of the other top prospects in the nation.
Over the weekend, Jackson competed for the USA Select Team in the Adidas Eurocamp joining fellow top 20 prospects Kobi Simmons, T.J. Leaf, Josh Langford and Rawle Alkins.
Jackson, who is fielding interest from BYU, Utah, Duke, Arizona and others, struggled with his shot during the camp. In Game 1, Jackson shot 6-of-14 from the field to score 13 points in the USA’s win over the French Under-20 team Saturday. During the USA’s victory over the 2015 Eurocamp All-Star Team Sunday, Jackson scored 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Jackson closed out the tournament Monday, with a 2-for-10, four-point effort in the U.S. victory over the Greece Under-19 team.
For the camp, Jackson was just 1-for-11 from 3-point range. A far cry from the 43 percent he was shooting in the Adidas circuit for Utah Prospects.
“Jackson’s perimeter jump shot is a hallmark of his game,” scout.com’s Rob Harrington wrote. “He’s excellent shooting over the top of high screens and also on kick-outs, and even more encouraging is the fact that he’s a slick, clever penetrator. Jackson has attempted 54 free throws in just eight games, including one monstrous performance in which he shot 17 free throws.”
Porter Gustin arrives at USC
Porter Gustin has arrived in Tinseltown.
The former Salem Hills linebacker had his first crack at college football life Monday, participating in a player-ran workout, according to an LA Times report.
The voluntary practice was led by senior quarterback Cody Kessler.
The highly sought after Gustin, who chose the Trojans over Ohio State, Arizona State and Utah, ran drills with the USC linebacking corp. USC also landed former Brighton linebacker Osa Masina, but the report did not mention if Masina was present at the workout.
Community hopes to get park named after Austen Russell
The community where Austen Russell lived doesn’t want him to be forgotten.
The 9-year-old Russell, who was a big BYU fan, died after accidentally being run over, and now the local community is trying to get a park that is nearing completion named after him.
“He would have lived at that park,” said Danielle Avila, whose backyard borders the Russells’, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Hundreds of people, including former and current BYU players and staff, have reached out to the Russells to show support since the accident. The park will already include memorial benches for Austen, but the Russell family and community would like to see the entire park named in his honor.
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