Alex Jacobson Scouting Report

Arizona is on the board for 2007. Alex Jacobson is in the fold after committing to Lute Olson. He gives the Cats a much-desired big man in the class and a nice building block to recruit around.

Alex Jacobson
7-0, 220
Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA
No. 9 Center in 2007

TYPE OF PLAYER: Jacobson is a legit seven-foot low post center. He is not a plodder, but is not a perimeter oriented big man either. He's a big bodied player who can move and has some skills.

WHAT WE LIKE: First off is his height. He's a legit seven-foot and could be bigger by the time he steps on campus. He has a nice frame and will add serious muscle to his already solid build by the time he gets to Tucson in two years.

Unlike many kids with his size, Jacobson moves very well. He seems mostly comfortable with his body and is not slow or awkward like many young big men.

He's got some nice post moves and looks like he may have a decent mid-range jumper when it is all said and done. He plays hard on defense and did not back down when he played the current Wildcats in pick-up.

He also has a very nice feel for the game. He's got good instincts that combine with the great coaching he's getting at Mater Dei. He's also a hard worker who is working with a trainer to get stronger, faster and more explosive.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Jacobson is still a work in progress. At this stage he's not the type of Channing Frye-like big man who can consistently run the floor. His offensive game is still developing. The shots look really good, but don't always fall.

For a player his size he is not a dominating rebounder or shot blocker, though he does work hard on those areas.

He was not a focal point of his AAU team or his high school team. Of course his AAU team had North Carolina bound Alex Stepheson in the middle and at Mater Dei he plays with the likes of Taylor King and Kamyron Brown, both D-I prospects.

He wants to get stronger and work on his inside game, and improving both of those aspects could make him a force on the inside.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:"Jacobson has improved dramatically in the last year and he's on track to being one of the top post prospects in 2007," said's West Coast recruiting analyst Greg Hicks.

REMINDS US OF: Since he is still raw it is really tough to pinpoint what type of player he is. The Cats really haven't had a big man quite like him. Sean Rooks may be the closest comparison, but Jacobson will probably be more athletic than "Wookie".

DID YOU KNOW?: Attends the same high school as current Arizona staffers Miles Simon and Reggie Geary did. His trainer Trent Suzuki is also future Wildcat Chase Budinger's personal trainer.

ALEX SAYS:"Since my first visit out there I've had it in the back of my mind that Arizona is where I wanted to go," Jacobson explained. "I've been out to other schools and Arizona is the best I've seen. The facilities and the school itself are great."

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