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JACOB JAACKS'S BLOG
208cm / 6'10'' - Forward - 1977
Jacob Jaacks Basketball Career
Born: April 24, 1977 (Cedar Rapids, IA)|
Full name: Jacob Brian Jaacks
Has a surprising variety of moves. Can post-up with both hands, shoot from mid-range, and hit the 3. Amazing work ethic.
High School: Jefferson HS (Cedar Rapids, IA)
1995-1996: Sat out season as redshirt
1996-1997: S.Dakota (NCAA2): 8ppg, 6rpg
1997-1998: Marshalltown Community College
1998-1999: Iowa (NCAA): 6.8ppg, 4.3rpg
1999-2000: Iowa (NCAA): 12.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1apg
2000: drafted by Oklahoma Storm (USBL,4rd(42))
2000: Porsmouth Invitational Pre-Draft Tournament
2000: ACMT Pro Camp in Columbus (Ohio)
2000: Atlanta Summer Shootout (Miami Heat)
2000: Rocky Mountain Revue (Phoenix Suns)
2000: drafted by ABA (5rd(50))
2000: drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA,7rd(68))
2000: drafted by St.Louis Swarm (IBL,3rd(24)) in the College Draft
2000-2001: In Oct.'00 tested by Limoges (France-ProB), and was signed in Nov.'00: 14ppg, Reb-1(11.8)
2001: Rocky Mountain Summer League (San Antonio Spurs)
2001-2002: St. Quentin (France-ProB): 28 games: 18.4ppg, Reb-1(11.5rpg), 2.3apg, 0.9spg
2002 Real Run summer League in Carson, Ca. 7g 6.8ppg 7.8rpg 1.8apg
2002-2003: Acqua Lauretana Biella (Italy-SerieA): 12.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 67.4% 2, 48.6% 3 (1.7 made a game), in 29.5 mpg
2003-2004: Edimes Pavia (Italy-Lega2): 23 games: 12.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.0apg, in March '04 moved to Calefacciones Farho Gijon Baloncesto (Spain-LEB1): 5 games: 15.4ppg, 5.4rpg
2004-2005: Lauretana Biella (Italy-SerieA): 32 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5(8.2rpg), 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%, in May'05 signed at CB Ourense (Spain-LEB1) as a temporary replacement for injured Ricky Wright, but DNP any game
2005-2006: Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA): 33 games: 11.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 52.4%
2006 - In July extended the contract with Amatori Snaidero Udine for 2 seasons
2006-2007: Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 55.6%, FT: 75.9%; Italian League: 32 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 67.6%
2007-2008: Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), in Oct.'07 signed by BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Ukrainian Superleague: 18 games: 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 70.0%; ULEB Cup: 11 games: 5.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 64%
2008-2009: Banca Tercas Teramo (Italy-SerieA): 31 games: 6.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 83.9%
2009-2010: In Dec.'09 signed at Hapoel Afula (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 68.6%
2010-2011: Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 69.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.2%; German League: 34 games: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 65.2%
Junior College All-American -98
Portsmouth Invitational Tournament five-man All-Consolation Team -00
French ProB Champion -01
Ukrainian Cup Finalist -08
Ukrainian Superleague Regular Season Champion -08
Ukrainian Superleague Finalist -08
Italian Cup Semifinals -09
| Interview with Gilvydas Biruta of UCC Assigeco Piacenza- Mar.22, 2017 (by Andrea)|
I had the opportunity to have a little chat with the new UCC Assigeco Piacenza signing, Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Aries Trikalla BC in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta hel... [read more]
I had the opportunity to have a little chat with the new UCC Assigeco Piacenza signing, Gilvydas Biruta (203-PF-91, college: Rhode Island).
He started the season at Aries Trikalla BC in Greek A1 league. In 21 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg this season. Biruta ended the last season at GS Lavrio (also in A1) where in 5 games he averaged 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuanian LKL. In 21 games he had 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Biruta helped them to make it to the Lithuanian Cup Semifinals. He also played 12 games in Eurocup where he got just 2.6ppg and 2.0rpg.
Biruta has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Atlantic 10 in 2015. Biruta was also voted Big East All-Rookie Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Biruta represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 66.7%.
Biruta graduated from Rhode Island University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
Hi Gilvydas and welcome to UCC Assigeco Piacenza. Can you please introduce yourself as a player? What are your main skills?
Energy, hustle, toughness, I'm a "team player".
What are you expecting to bring to this team in this last month of regular season?
I think it's important to finish strong and I hope to bring that extra win that the team needs to finish the season strong and as good as possible.
Why did you choose to left the greek first league and accept Assigeco Piacenza offer?
We save the division in Greece but at the same time we didn't have the chance to make the playoffs so there was nothing left to fight for. Italy was always a country in which I would like to try myself and my game.
How well do you know italian basketball?
From what I hear, it's an uptempo, entertaining basketball and something that I believe that I will love to play this style of game. I really want to try myself.
Is it your first time in Italy?
It's not my first time. I've been here in Treviso, at the Adidas Eurocamp with my college and now I'm back.
How much was important to you going to a good american college like Rutgers and Rhode Island, especially in your basketball education?
It was crucial, I learned a lot, I was coached by great coaches. I was fortunate end up to play in the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. I've got experienced in college basketball and american coaching style of different level so it help me grow as a player.
A lot of lithuanian players have made their fortune here in Italy: Ksystof Lavrinovic, Kaukenas, Maciulis, Motiejunas...Biruta will be the next one?
[laughing] I pray that I'll be the next one.
What are your favorite hobbies outside basketball?
I only follow and like basketball. Basketball is my sport. I'm more that a geek: I like history and music.
Do you have a message to the Assigeco fans?
I would like to see the crowd never empty, I really enjoying the support and to see them to show it at the games.
Thank you Gilvydas and good luck for the rest of the season.
| Virtus Bologna (Serie A2) and Cuore Napoli Basket (Serie B) triumph in Turkish Airlines Cup- Mar.6, 2017 (by Andrea)|
TURKISH AIRLINES CUP SERIE A2 - FINAL Eurotrend Angelico Biella - Virtus Segafredo Bologna 68 - 69 In a very close game Virtus Segafredo Bologna defeat Eurotrend Angelico Biella only by one point. For Bologna it was crucial a basket by Guido Rosselli (198-F/G-83) with 21 seconds left on the clock of the fourth quarter. Marco Spissu (182-G-95) was the best scorer for Virtus with 16 points and was named MVP and best Under 22 of the competition. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, college: UNLV) score... [read more]
| Cuore Napoli conquer Serie B Turkish Airlines Cup- Mar.5, 2017 (by Andrea)|
Cuore Napoli Basket - GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi 60 - 58 In a very close game Cuore Napoli Basket defeat Orzinuovi and conquer Serie B Turkish Airlines Cup. For Napoli it was crucial a basket by Roberto Maggio (183-PG-90) with 6 seconds left on the clock of the fourth quarter. Stefan Nikolic (198-G/F-97) was the best scorer of the game with 23 points (7-8 from 2p, 2-2 3p, 3-3 FT) and was elected MVP of the Final and Best Under 22 of the competition. Njegos Visnjic (199-F-79) added... [read more]
Cuore Napoli Basket - GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi 60 - 58
In a very close game Cuore Napoli Basket
defeat Orzinuovi and conquer Serie B Turkish Airlines Cup. For Napoli it was crucial a basket by Roberto Maggio
(183-PG-90) with 6 seconds left on the clock of the fourth quarter. Stefan Nikolic
(198-G/F-97) was the best scorer of the game with 23 points (7-8 from 2p, 2-2 3p, 3-3 FT) and was elected MVP of the Final and Best Under 22 of the competition. Njegos Visnjic
(199-F-79) added 12 points and 9 boards for the winners.Rodolfo Valenti
(198-SF-80) had 15 points and 4 rebounds, Mohamed Toure
(190-G-92) 13 points, Bona 10 points, but it was enough for Orzinuovi.Napoli
: Nikolic 23, Visnjic 12, Mastroianni 6, Matrone 4, Barsanti 4, Maggio 3, Marzaioli 3, Murolo 2, Rappoccio 2, Ronconi 1. Coach: Ponticiello;Orzinuovi:
Valenti 15, Tour 13, Bona 10, Perego 8, Ruggiero 5, Piunti 4, Scanzi 3, Cantone, Zambon, Fossati n.e. Coach: Alessandro Crotti;
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