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

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."

Hamilton then quotes Jackson about the chances he has had to share what he believes, saying, "As I look at it, Duke gives me a spotlight not a lot of other places can give. You get attention, you get a lot of media. So to be an example that way, to show people what I believe in in that sense, has been cool. I’ve had a lot of opportunities even in the past couple months to share what I believe or what I stand for."


Rudy Gobert ranked No. 7 international NBA player


ESPN.com ranked the top 50 international players in the NBA and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert came in at No. 7 on the list.

Of Gobert's game, they wrote, "Having led the Jazz's surge as a starter after the 2014-15 trade deadline, Gobert put together nearly an identical campaign in his first full season as a starter."

Former University of Utah center, Andrew Bogut also made the list at No. 26.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.