Jacobsen fulfills dream with ASU commitment

Just a few weeks after the Sun Devils wrapped up their 2011 recruiting class, they received a verbal commitment from one of the state's top 2012 prospects. Chandler Hamilton center Eric Jacobsen grew up cheering for the maroon and gold and once he received an offer from ASU today during an unofficial visit he wasted little time in pledging to his favorite school.

"Before my (Arizona State) visit I was kind of on the fence with my recruiting," said the 6-10, 235-pound Eric Jacobsen. "But after visiting there today and seeing the campus and facilities, seeing how much they can help me develop my game and help me academically…I decided it would be a good fit for me.

"I've been playing basketball since age 7 and I have been rooting for ASU ever since. It has been a dream of mine to play there so I am excited. I kind of expected ASU to offer me on my visit and when they did I decided that this is where I wanted to be."

Jacobsen, who was recruited by ASU assistant coach Scott Pera, reported scholarship offers from UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, and Weber State, but because he was injured during the evaluation period he couldn't get extended exposure, let alone exposure to high major programs.

"At Hamilton we only had two varsity players returning (Jacobsen being one of them) and we finished just two games above .500," Jacobsen explained, "So we were really an inexperienced team. I think we did a little better than people expected us, but because the season we had a lot of colleges just didn't know about me. I was really under the radar."

As a junior, Jacobsen averaged he averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game. He was named first-team All-Region and played in the state's High School All-Star game. He said that the Sun Devil staff was impressed with his shooting touch and quickness on the floor.

"Coach Sendek said that he was really liked with my jump shot," Jacobsen commented. "He liked how I can shoot the three and start the fast break. I play better facing the basket but my post game isn't bad but something I can improve on. With interior defense I definitely give myself an ‘A' and I think my all-around defense is my strongest point.

"I think in college I'd probably play power forward and not center like I do in high school."

Aside from committing to a program he is naturally very familiar with, Jacobsen admitted that proximity to his hometown was a significant factor as well in his decision.

"I definitely wanted to play my college ball close to home," Jacobsen stated. "I really wanted my family to be able to see me play. I'm obviously very familiar with the campus and I really got to know coach Sendek and coach Pera and I like them a lot.

"I was really hoping ASU would notice me and recruit me. I'm very happy they offered me today. I think the coaches were surprised I committed on the visit because they knew I was kind of unsure about what I wanted to do. But after today's visit I'm sure I made the right decision."

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