Nebraska freshman power forward Michael Jacobson will likely have a few fans in attendance on Tuesday night when Nebraska takes on Iowa in Iowa City.
A Waukee, Iowa native, Jacobson said he didn’t grow up a Hawkeye fan. He didn’t really like Iowa State either.
“If I had to choose one, I would say UNI,” said Jacobson, citing a cousin who played for the Panthers.
The freshman will also admit, he was bandwagon North Carolina fan.
Both Iowa State and Iowa got serious about his basketball recruitment (Iowa State offered him in football early in the process), but it was late in the game. He told them flat out, he was committed to Nebraska.
The decision has paid off. While he was likely the least heralded signee in the 2015 Nebraska recruiting class, Jacobson is starting in year one. Even after a foot injury that hindered his preseason camp work.
The Huskers have started Big Ten play 0-2. Jacobson has started both contests. Through 15 games, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound post player is averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds a night, despite giving up quite a bit of size in the post.
“It’s been a huge learning experience. Obviously not the outcome we would have liked, but I have learned a lot,” said Jacobson, who hasn’t backed down from the competition inside. “You have to be the first one to the fight. If you are the first one ot the fight you give yourself a pretty good chance. I just knew I had to hit in the mouth right away and set the tone.”