Jacob Could Be Spring Gem

2006 targets are few and far between but a good one has sprung up. Jeremy Jacob of Louisiana Future has a bright path ahead of him. The question is: will it be in 2006 or 2007.

The scene was Fayetteville High School for The Real Deal On The Hill. Louisiana Future was putting on a show in the lay-up line, prompting college assistants to hesitate before heading to another gym. Malcolm White and Jeremy Jacob, both listed as 2007 kids, quickly caught your attention.

White is an athletic specimen. He was the district player of the year for his area in Louisiana. However, he's probably not going to qualify and is ticketed for Millersburg Military Academy in Kentucky. His running however could make it.

Jacob, a 6-foot-7 combo forward who has a frame akin to Tasmin Mitchell and the mid-range game to go with a nice, athletic package, could conceivably qualify to play next season somewhere.

"I'm still kind of open with both decisions," Jacob said of the possibility of going to college or prep next fall. "At prep I can practice on the swing man and the small forward instead of going to college and trying to learn it."

Cincinnati, Tulane, Mississippi State, Wyoming and Penn State are recruiting him right now as if he's a senior. "It's a 50-50 chance," Jacob said. "I couldn't even say what will be the deciding factor." Jacob says he's qualified but other sources indicate he's close but isn't totally there yet.

The bigger question is not will he qualify but how in the world does he go unnoticed? One reason is that he transferred from Capitol to Woodlawn and Hurricane Katrina was the focus in his neck of the woods last fall.

"I broke my ankle my junior year and I fell off because I didn't play and no one really knew me. I made first-team all-state as a senior."

Jacob averaged 14.5 points for the state runner-up and was the district player of the year along with the all-state accolades. Don't be surprised if he pops up in the Scout.com final Top 100, he's got that kind of talent.

"I can be NBA good."

Scout Hoops Top Stories