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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 10: Frank Jackson and Quinn Cook through the eyes of a Duke expert

The New Orleans Pelicans are laden with two solid talents at guard from the same prestigious school.

2017 NBA Draft Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Frank Jackson didn’t get a chance to display the lottery talent hidden within his game much thanks to the strength of his teammates at Duke. In addition, this week’s podcast guest, Zion Olojede of DukeReport.com and Complex, surmises that his injury certainly played a part in the New Orleans Pelicans landing him in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Jackson has been contrasted to Chauncey Billups, but Olojede believes Jackson has yet to scratch the surface to truly peg a good comparison. One possible elite analogous example? Deron Williams, due to the size and scoring similarities. Make no mistake, though, Jackson has a long way to go in the playmaking department, but don’t discount it from happening because he came out of high school as a scorer and Coach K didn’t need to burden him with additional responsibilities. As a passer, Jackson can make the simple play, but right now most of his stellar play comes off the ball.

Olojede loves Quinn Cook and lauded his time at Duke, but the best part is that Cook has worked every moment since leaving school. Olojede believes the best is yet to come and he’ll be a factor for the Pelicans.

In addition, the duo discuss Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles and listen to them pick a favorite to have the best rookie season.