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Former Lehi guard Jackson transfers to Lone Peak

Published June 20, 2013 4:30 pm

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T.J. Haws will have a new running mate in the backcourt in the 2013-14 season.

Frank Jackson, a freshman guard for Lehi who put up 30 points on the vaunted Lone Peak Knights during their national championship season in February, has transferred to Lone Peak, according to Knights' coach Quincy Lewis.

Lewis said Jackson registered at Lone Peak in April, adding the family moved into their new place of residence the first week of May, making Jackson eligible for the upcoming basketball season in late 2013.

"There's no question he's a highly-regarded player," Lewis said. "With the kids we have coming back, with having an excellent JV year and three kids who played quite a big role on varsity, we have a good team coming back and we'll see how he can complement those guys."

In Lone Peak's 90-71 win over the Pioneers on Feb. 15 in Lehi, Jackson did not cower when he faced the daunting task of taking on the likes of Nick Emery, Haws and Zach Frampton, scoring more points against the Knights than any other player all season.

In fact, Jackson's 30 points eclipsed two outputs against the Knights this season — Riverton scored 27 points against Lone Peak on Feb. 1 and Brighton scored 27 points in the Class 5A semifinal on March 1.

When asked if he thought Jackson gave more fits defensively than anyone else in the state, Lewis said, "You can certainly make a case for that."

Jackson averaged 10 points as a freshman at Lehi and also had scoring games of 27 and 21 against Pleasant Grove last season.

"Obviously the kid has some talent, but for such a young player to have that kind of poise that he had was maybe what stood out to me," Lewis said.

While Jackson's move to Lone Peak will somewhat smoothen the rough transition after losing several star players to graduation, he's been slowed this summer due to an ankle injury and has been in a walking boot for three weeks. Once the boot comes off and he's cleared to play, Lewis expects Jackson to partake in team workouts.

"I'm hoping that we can start doing that within the next week or two," he said.

Lewis said Jackson has yet to workout with the team because of his move into the Lone Peak boundaries as well as the ankle injury and said he doesn't know where he plans on playing Jackson in the future.

"Obviously I know what I have coming back," he said, "but I don't know where he'll go yet."

After dodging the major injury bug on last year's historic championship team, Lewis said ankles have slowed a number of players this summer, including Jackson, Frampton and big man Spencer Curtis. The Knights head to Oregon next week for a team camp.

"Hopefully I can field a team," Lewis said. "It's just been a crazy deal."

-Chris Kamrani

Twitter: @chriskamrani