March 9, 2011

UA hoops signee suffers injury

Atlanta power forward Nick Jacobs, the last of Alabama's 2011 basketball signees still playing, had his season come to an end last weekend when South Atlanta High School lost in the quarterfinals of the Georgia state playoffs.

Now, not only is his season over, but it looks like it may be awhile before Jacobs can step back on to a basketball court at all after suffering an injury to his hand in the gym on Tuesday.

Jacobs, a 6-foot-8, 265 pound big man, fractured his fourth metacarpal or in other words, broke his hand, when he fell on it playing basketball. He's expected to be out six to eight weeks but hopes to be playing again by the time he graduates at the end of May.

Fortunately, the injury occurred after the season and didn't stop him from having another big year at South Atlanta. As a senior, Jacobs averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks a game and scored a season-high 46 points in December.

"We had a pretty good season," Jacobs said. "We went 28-3. I had a good four years at South Atlanta, and now I'm looking forward to moving on to the next level."

During the season, Jacobs continued to improve as a player and really worked hard to further develop his offensive game. He has added more to his arsenal since the beginning of the year.

"The last three years, I've just been a power guy with a jump to the left hook, but my senior year, I've been working turnarounds, showing the ball, and a fadeaway backboard shot," Jacobs said. "That's what I've really been working on this year, my fadeaway backboard shot and my right-handed hook."

Because of how busy he was during basketball, Jacobs wasn't able to make it over to Tuscaloosa for an Alabama game, but he's been impressed with the Crimson Tide's turnaround this season.

"I've been really impressed with how they've improved," Jacobs said. "Coach Grant has really made it a new team this year. He's doing a good job of coaching them. They made a big run, especially when they beat Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky this year. Hopefully, next year we can continue that success."

Jacobs is planning on coming to UA as soon as he graduates so he can start summer school, which begins the first week of June. Once he gets healthy, he's ready to get back in the gym and keep working to get better.

"This summer, I'm trying to improve my game, extend my range and just get better," Jacobs said. "I also want to try lose a few pounds."

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