Just over three months after he underwent surgery on his right foot, New Orleans Pelicans rookie point guard Frank Jackson has reportedly suffered a setback. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Jackson broke the foot and will undergo surgery to repair the fracture Friday. Jackson’s injury comes a month after he was cleared to return to the court.
Selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, Jackson’s draft rights were traded to the Pelicans on draft night. In exchange the Hornets received the draft rights to shooting guard Dwayne Bacon and cash considerations.
In his lone season at Duke, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game. One of the options Duke used at the point guard position, Jackson shot 47.3 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from 3. As a result of the May surgery, Jackson did not participate in summer league play in Las Vegas.
“It’s the worst. It’s pretty bad,” Jackson said of having to sit out in early July. “I know these things take time and I don’t want to re-injure it…It’s tough just to sit here, but it’s been cool because I’ve been able to learn stuff and still talk to coaches and learn the sets.”
Jackson’s injury is the latest hit that the Pelicans have taken to their roster, with small forward Solomon Hill undergoing surgery to repair a torn hamstring earlier this week. Hill, who started 71 games for the Pelicans in 2016-17, is expected to miss anywhere from six to eight months.