NBA Draft prospect Frank Jackson has foot surgery, eyeing return for training camp

Former Duke guard Frank Jackson has undergone right foot surgery and is targeting a late July return to the hardwood, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical. Jackson sustained a stress reaction during his freshman season at Duke and reportedly played pain-free through the season, but decided to have the surgery now to begin the rehabilitation process.

Jackson declared for the NBA Draft after his freshman season and surprised many by signing with an agent, forfeiting his right to return to Duke in doing so. His goal in undergoing surgery ahead of the June 22 draft is to be fully prepared for NBA training camp in September and potentially as early as late July, leaving the door open for a return for summer league action.

"Frank decided to have the surgery now so that he could be healthy in advance of the NBA training camps," Dr. Erik Nilssen, who performed the surgery, told The Vertical. "He will be able to resume full workouts in late July. His surgery went very well and I expect him to have a great NBA career."

Jackson played in a rotation role off the bench in his lone season with the Blue Devils and averaged 10.9 points and 1.7 assists in just 24.9 minutes per game. He is projected as a mid-second round pick by DraftExpress.com.

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