One player who will have a chance to get back on the Division I radar screen this winter will be Ben Jacobson, a 6-6, 215 pound power/combo forward from Iowa Western C.C. in Council Bluffs, Ia.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Jacobson spent a year under the tutelage of Head Coach Mike Deane at Lamar University in Texas. As a redshirt freshman last season, Jacobson appeared in 20 of 29 games for the Cardinals, averaging three points and two rebounds per contest.
Jacobson was one of the 12 basketball players who represented the United States in the 16th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in the summer of 2001. He led the team in scoring and rebounding at 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and helped the U.S. to the Gold Medal with a perfect 6-0 record.
He was also recruited by Wichita State, Long Beach State, East Carolina, Loyola-Chicago, McNeese State and Tulane out of high school.
At the recent Central Missouri State JUCO Jamboree, Jacobson showed a penchant for hitting the offensive glass and getting most of his handiwork done around the basket. He can face up from the perimeter, but he lacks the quickness to defend and the ball handling skills to play on the wing for extended stretches.
With a solid year under the guidance of Iowa Western Head Coach Jim Morris, Jacobson will have the chance to get back to the Division I level next year. Rivalshoops.com will keep you posted on his recruitment this winter and into the spring, so stay tuned.
-- Denny Conroy contributed to this report.
Photo: Lamar University Sports Information Department