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Pelicans news: Frank Jackson suffers broken foot and will undergo surgery

New Orleans Hornets rookie Frank Jackson suffered a devastating injury recently, just a few weeks before the start of the team’s training camp. The Duke product broke his right foot and will need to undergo surgery to repair it. The timetable for his return to basketball-related activities is yet to be determined, and will be revealed after the operation.

Jackson was the 31st overall pick in June’s draft by the Charlotte Hornets, but was quickly traded to the Pelicans. His injury is a huge blow to his team as he is expected to make it to their final roster, and receive a decent amount of minutes off the bench. He could’ve been the primary backup to Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo, but now the Pelicans will be splitting playing time between E’Twaun Moore and Jordan Crawford, until Jackson fully recovers.

The 19-year-old was a heavily-recruited player out of high school, receiving interest from some of the top schools before committing to the Blue Devils. He appeared in 36 games, starting 16 of them, where he averaged 10.9 points, including 39.2 percent from beyond the arc, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.