Six-foot-11 Australian center Jacob Epperson is the new name of July after two weekends of skilled low post play for AUSA Hoops. Epperson is from the Maribyrong School in Point Cook, Victoria of Australia and he’s a 2017 talent.
“Epperson’s game has so many pieces,” said AUSA Hoops Director Rhys Murphy who played at Oregon State and Chaminade University. “His length, ability to run the floor, and his shooting stroke are all parts of his game that stand out. Coaches have been most impressed with his timing on shot blocking and his passing ability.”
Playing in the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis the first open period weekend coaches started to wonder his way after Jacob had 20 points, ten rebounds, and five blocks in his 17 and Under AAU debut. Marquette, Texas, Iowa, Cincinnati, Butler, Valpo, UCF, and Minnesota were among the schools making calls.
Offers started to come in as well first from Toledo, Eastern Kentucky, and IUPUI, and then from Cincinnati, Marquette, Utah, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Coaches from Florida, Wisconsin, Miami, Purdue, Cal, North Carolina, UNLV, and TCU sat courtside along with schools previously mentioned.
“It’s still so super early in the process,” Murphy said. “It’s all coming fast. There are so many schools calling on him, too many to list. Schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, and AAC.”
One of the schools in regular contact is Minnesota. Assistant coach Nate Pomeday and Head Coach Richard Pitino both saw Epperson during the first two open period weekends. The Gophers have a connection with this recruitment as well.
“Nate Pomeday was the coach who recruited me to Oregon State,” said Murphy who now lives in Sydney. “So I have been hearing lots from him about Jacob as well as Coach Pitino after they watched him the past couple weeks.”
Epperson and his AUSA Hoops team has went back to Australia and won’t be in Las Vegas but Epperson made a lasting impression in his two week travels in early July.
Epperson currently plays for the Blackburn Vikings which is a team based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.