Meet Multi-Sport Star Athlete Jake Junis

Most high school athletes dream of playing D1 sports, whether it's basketball, baseball, or football. In Rock Falls, Illinois, there is a gem of an athlete named Jake Junis, who is coveted by colleges seeking help on the hardwood and on the diamond. Read here for more on what's in store for this two-sport athlete.

Jake Junis, a member of the Class of 2011, is a 6'3" guard for the Rock Falls basketball team. He was just recently named 4th team All-State, IBCA where he averaged 17.5 points per game and 5 rebounds. He's listed as one the top basketball recruits in the state of Illinois.

"I receive a lot of letters from Southern Illinois, DePaul, and Northwestern, but I'm only a sophomore," Junis said. "Right now that's pretty much what I get."

But other colleges are also making contact with Junis for his baseball prowess. He's the starting shortstop for the Rock Falls Rockets, who finished second in the state last year. Junis is considered by many to be one of the top five baseball players in Illinois, and so far in the 2009 season Junis is off to a hot start, batting .475 with one home run in four games.

"I love baseball, a lot of people have told me to concentrate on baseball, but I'm not sure," Junis stated. "I consider myself pretty lucky that colleges like what I can do in both."

According to Junis, Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Virginia are among the schools interested in recruiting him, with Virginia Tech leading the way in correspondence.

"The Hokies send me a letter or I get an email from them at least once a week," Junis said.

And Junis has the capacity to contribute wherever a team needs him.

"When I get to college, if it's baseball, I would really like to play the infield," Junis acknowledged. "Or if they want me to pitch, I would be interested in that as well. I would like to consider myself as a versatile athlete, but will do what my team needs me to do to win games."

This season will be tough for Junis and the Rockets after top pitcher Taylor Eikenberry, who has committed to Baylor, was recently sidelined by Tommy John Surgery.

"Losing Taylor was tough," Junis admitted. "He's been good about coming around and helping out the guys. We'll miss him for sure."

Junis will have plenty of time to decide on what sport he plans to play in college, but for now, this multi-talented athlete is enjoying high school and the early stages of recruiting.


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