Jacobson adjusting to college grind

Even though Alex Jacobson is the lone big man in the incoming freshman class for the Wildcats, he is not feeling a ton of pressure. At least not from the fans. Frankly, many fans automatically expect the seven-footer to redshirt next season. Jacobson has different plans.

"I haven't really thought about my goals, but I'd like to play at least 10 minutes a game," Jacobson said.

Like all of the freshmen, save for Jamelle Horne, Jacobson was in Tucson for the first Summer Session and got a head start on his academic and athletic career.

Considering he's been committed since October of 2005, it has been a long wait for the Mater Dei grad.

"It's great to finally be here," Jacobson said. "I did not expect to have as busy of a schedule as I do right now."

Jacobson wakes up around 4:30 in the morning and by the time he gets back to his dorm room at 7:00 in the evening he has already worked out, gone to class, played pick-up and taken care of other team and academic commitments. He said that the grind was difficult at first by that now he's "getting used to it."

Although it has been tough, Jacobson knows it will make things better later on.

"It will get me prepared for the season," Jacobson said. "Better now than in September."

Considering Jacobson attended one of the top basketball schools in the nation, he had high praise for the summer pick-up games. "It's the best competition I have played against in awhile," Jacobson noted.

That is saying a lot since Mater Dei seemed to play all comers and even had a number of talented big men on the roster to make practices challenging.

The other post players have really helped the freshman out, but he had particularly high praise for a guy who was in his shoes a year ago.

"Jordan (Hill) has been helping me a lot," he admitted.

Like most of the players, Jacobson has very good things to say about new assistant coach Kevin O'Neil.

"It is sad that Coach Roz had to leave, but Coach O'Neil will be a great part of the team," Jacobson said. "His enthusiasm and his intensity will probably get us a national championship."

It should come as no surprise that the Southern California native is having to adjust to Tucson's summer climate.

"The biggest adjustment has been the heat," Jacobson. "The 110 degree weather. That and how hard you have to work. I haven't been exposed to that."

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