Clackamas' Max Jacobsen signs with Northern Arizona University
Release by NAU sports information
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Clackamas Community College post player Max Jacobsen has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Northern Arizona University in the fall and play basketball, Head Coach Mike Adras announced.
“He played for a great junior college coach in Coach Clif Wegner and really developed this season,” said Adras. “He had a breakout year and received great tutelage from a coach who has been doing this a long time.”
Jacobsen averaged 22 points per game and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 68 percent from the field. He was named the Southern Region MVP and led his team to a region championship and 20-8 record. He scored a season-high 46 points and grabbed 19 rebounds against Yakima Valley, posting five double-doubles on the season and scoring 20 or more points 15 times.
“We are excited to get him,” said Adras. “He is a great student. We see him as someone who can score and play in the low post. He can score around the basket and also step out and shoot a 15-footer and make shots.”
The Lake Oswego, Ore., native originally signed with Portland State out of high school before transferring to Clackamas. He played in three consecutive Three Rivers League championships at Lake Oswego High School, teaming with NBA standout Kevin Love during his freshman season on team that finished second at state, losing to a South Medford team that was led by Duke star Kyle Singler. Jacobsen lettered three times and was named first team All-Three Rivers League. He was also a member of the Oregon Lords AAU team.
He plans on majoring in engineering at NAU and three years of eligibility remaining.
Jacobsen joins three high school perimeter players signed by Adras in the fall during the early signing period, including point guard James Douglas of Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif., and wings Colin Gruber of Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Daniel Cheek of Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif.
2010-11 Northern Arizona Recruiting Class
Max Jacobsen, F, 6-8, 230, Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego/Portland St./ Clackamas CC)
James Douglas, G, 6-0, 175, Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran)
Colin Gruber, G, 6-3, 173, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Harbor)
Danny Cheek, G, 6-4, 180, Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona Del Mar)
Cougars star Max Jacobsen signs at Northern Arizona
April 19, 2011 - Release by Clackamas CC
|Jacobsen signing his National Letter of Intent.|
OREGON CITY, OR -- 6’7 Cougar star Max Jacobsen has officially accepted a scholarship to play basketball and continue his studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 3.9 student who will study electrical engineering, he leaves after a sensational freshman season where he averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, and shot 68% from the floor. Jacobsen was named the MVP of the Southern Region and led the team to the 2011 Southern Region Championship and a 20-8 season.
The former Lake Oswego High School star was a team mate of NBA player Kevin Love and played on a Laker team that finished 2nd at state, losing to a South Medford team that was led by Duke star Kyle Singler. At LOHS, Jacobsen was a part of three consecutive Three Rivers League championships, and he gathered enough attention to be signed to a D1 scholarship at Portland State University during his senior year.
Knee surgery following his senior basketball season set his progress back, and he spent a year at PSU as a gray shirt player, practicing and preparing for his collegiate career to begin. But his knee took a long time to heal and he decided to transfer to Clackamas. As a Cougar, he blossomed quickly, becoming the best post player in the NWAACC and gathering attention from more that 30 colleges at the Division I and 2 levels. He selected NAU from a fistful of D1 offers across the Western United States.
“They did a great job recruiting him and I know they are excited about signing him,” said head coach Clif Wegner. “They get him for three seasons; he’s a great kid and a fabulous player, and then you toss in that he is an honor student and leader and team player. We wish we could keep him another year, but it’s absolute the right time for him to move on to a university. It’s a very good program that has been consistently in the top tier in their conference.”
“Coming to CCC turned out to be a great choice,” said Jacobsen. “I was able to play in an offense that really focused on post play and everyone got possessions where they could score the ball. I feel like I got my confidence back as a player and made a lot of growth. I think personally, this experience helped me prepare for the next step to D1 ball and the academics at a university.”
Best of luck to Max in his career at Northern Arizona!