NY2LA: College coaches track Aussie center Jacob Epperson

MEQUON, Wisc. -- 2017 post player Jacob Epperson began drawing attention in Indianapolis last week. The Aussie was a focal point for a host of schools on the first day of the second July evaluation period.

Last week Jacob Epperson emerged as a new post target for high major programs.

Word traveled fast about the 2017 Australian, who is playing with AUSA Hoops, during the evaluation periods. On the opening day of the NY2LA Summer Jam, Epperson was being tracking by more than a dozen coaches, including a host of high majors.


Epperson was surprised by the turnout.

“Not this many,” he said when asked if expected to get this type of attention. “At the last tournament there were a few here and there, but there are more here.”

It’s easy to see why there is interest in Epperson, who stands 6-foot-11. Although thin and lacking in strength, Epperson is skilled, has very good hands and showed impressive instincts. His passing is what stood out the most Wednesday evening, but he also managed to impact the game with his shot blocking.

“I’m pretty much doing things on each end,” Epperson said when asked to describe his game when he’s at his best. “More defensively just affecting shots and blocking shots when guys come into the paint and rebounding almost everything.”

Thus far, Epperson said he’s heard from CincinnatiTexas, Toledo, Iowa and IUPUI. Toledo's head coach Tod Kowalczyk, plus assistants from Cincinnati and Texas watched him on Wednesday.

“Not yet,” he said when asked about visits. “This is all just starting.”

And if Wednesday was any indication, the attention is far from over.

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