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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 | Bobby Jones: "If we stay aggressive and playing with energy, we can make it to the playoffs"- Oct.21, 2016 (by Andrea)|
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season. After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team? We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees... [read more]
I met Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) of UCC Assigeco Piacenza and talked with him about the moment of the team after the first three games of this Serie A2 season.
After two defeats, you snatch a great win against a strong opponent like Verona. What has changed in the team?
We played more aggressive on offense and on defense, we played togheter and with a lot of energy for the all game. The first two games we have foul trouble, we were too distracted by the referees but after loosing two games in a row we came out to play hard and just take care of ourselves and we got the win.
You play a good game too (17 points and 12 rebounds). A good step forward compared to the first two games of the season in which you struggled to find the rythm. In percentage, how much are you feeling in shape in this moment?
In percentage I'm probably about 85-90%. In the first game, for sure, the rythm wasn't the best but it was the first game of the season so I was still understanding my teammates, their strenghts and their weaknesses as players and they try to learn me still. It was our first real game on the road, against a good team like Virtus Bologna and I can't found my rythm. In the second game I had a good first quarter but then I've got foul trouble and when I came back in the rythm was gone again and it was hard for me to get the rythm back but in the third game I came out more aggressive, I came to push the ball, I came to do many things to get my rythm starting faster and I was able to play a good game and my teammates we're able to play off with my energy also.
How are your relationships with your teammates and with whom you have the best one?
I think all my teammates so far so good. I knew I couple of guys already for playing against them. I like everybody in the team but the closest two are probably Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) and Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena). Kenny lives right under me so after the games sometimes I go down there with him and his wife and we play cards or watch tv, football games...and with Luca especially in team events he talk to me more because he is the oldest guy. So probably those two.
What are, in your opinion, the team strenghts and weaknesses?
I think our strenght is that we have a lot of guys who can attack the rim, who can shoot. Weakness: so far we had a lot of injuries. we miss 2/3 players already. So for the chemistry to have so many injuries in the beginning of the season is hard for a team. Sometimes we don't play on defense so teams are able to score easy. Boxing out, the first two games we did a really bad job boxing out. We did a better job in the third game so I don't know if there is a weakness or not. We like to share the ball each other, maybe too much, wich can be a weakness. But I think we can share the ball, I think we trust each other on offense. It's just a matter of shooting the right shoot at the right time.
In the next game against Recanati you will play against your former coach at Virtus Roma, Marco Calvani (agency: SPORTlab Agency ), in one of your best season in Italy (Scudetto Finals 2012-2013). How was your relationship with him?
My realtion with Marco was up and down. We had a really good season, obviously, we make the Finals. He's a player-coach: he listen, he give suggestions, is not the type of coach who is one way, he takes solutions from the players and he cooperate to the teams situation. A very nice guy, he likes to laugh, he tells jokes, he believes in difense which is one of my main strenght as a player so I like him for his defense principles. I don't see him in a couple of year so it will be good to see him.
You played several years in Serie A. What are the main differences that you found in this Serie A2?
In A2 sometimes I have to force more shoots by myself, in A1 we had more americans where we use to share responsabilities. In the first game I was use to that mentality where I was expecting my teammates to help me to get easy shoots but I had to be more aggressive and make the shoots for myself. In Serie A2 we have only two americans so we have to be more aggressive for each other and for the team.
Watching you playing, it seems that you prefer playing with the face to the basket and behind the three points line than near the basket, in the low post. Do you agree with me? What do you think about that?
Yes, playing post-up to the basket is more difficult because a lot of guys they foul and the referees don't always call the foul but if I turn around and face, there is more space and the reefs can see more. In the first two games I think, I'm focused too much trying to post up and he take energy from me, I get push, I get frustrated but the third game I make sure to be more attacking the rim facing so I can take good decisions, I can see the court and make my game better. So I have to find a good balance.
What was your impression about the fans and the atmosphere in the first game at PalaBanca?
The first game was good, we had a good energy from the fans. I'm disappointed that we lost our first game there but we have many more games in this season and I feel like the fans are gonna be with us, we need them, we need their energy, especially in certain situations. It's a nice gym, it's a nice big gym.
Where do you see Assigeco Piacenza at the end of the season?
For sure, I think, we can make the playoffs. What number I don't know but for sure we can make it to the playoffs and from there we can make new goals and see what the matchup for the playoffs are.
| The Flexx Pistoia signs Brandon Solazzi- Oct.1, 2016 (by Andrea)|
The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) signed 19-year old shooting guard Brandon Solazzi(190-SG-97, agency: Interperformances) after he was tested there shortly from VL Pesaro. But in 7 Serie A games he had just 0.1ppg last season. Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Corey Hawkins (190-G-91, college: Cal-Davis) Michele Antonutti (202-G/F-86) David Cournooh (187-G-90, agency: Interperformances) Ronald Moore (183-PG-88, college: Siena) Brandon Solazzi(190-SG-97, agency:Interperfo... [read more]
| Interview with Bobby Jones of UCC Assigeco Piacenza- Sep.14, 2016 (by Andrea)|
I've got the opportunity to make a little interview with Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington), one of the last addition to the UCC Assigeco Piacenza roster. Bobby spent the last 7 years playing in the italian leagues with Banca Tercas Teramo (2009-2010), S.S. Sutor Montegranaro (2010-2011), Unieuro 2.015 Forli (2011), The Flexx Pistoia (2011-2012), Roma (2012-2015) and Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta in the last season averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 boards per game. He was selecte... [read more]
I've got the opportunity to make a little interview with Robert 'Bobby' Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington), one of the last addition to the UCC Assigeco Piacenza roster.
Bobby spent the last 7 years playing in the italian leagues with Banca Tercas Teramo (2009-2010), S.S. Sutor Montegranaro (2010-2011), Unieuro 2.015 Forli (2011), The Flexx Pistoia (2011-2012), Roma (2012-2015) and Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta in the last season averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 boards per game.
He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 37th pick in the second round of the 2006 NBA draft. In the NBA he has played with: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jones was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Forward of the Year back in 2012.
Bobby, in the last few years you have emerged as one of the best american player in italian Serie A. Why did you choose this brand new project with Assigeco Piacenza in a lower league?
I decided to play in Piacenza because no teams in A1 wanted to sign me. I felt I was disrespected and not shown the respect a veteran player should be treated. I was not satisfied with this outcome and so instead of playing in A1 in another country I decided that I wanted to stay in Italy one more season and then leave on my terms not anybody else's.
What are the team goals for this season?
The team goal is to make the playoffs and then go from there. With a first year coach I think this is a good goal for the team to achieve to start the season.
You are a very versatile player, able to play in 3 positions (guard, small forward, power forward) on the court. What is your favorite?
In Italy I prefer to play the power forward position. I realized years ago it gives me more chances to make an impact on the court offensively and defensively.
In 2007-2008 you have played for 5 different NBA teams (Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat e San Antonio Spurs). All in one season! A true record. How that experience was for you?
The experience was surreal, something I still can't believe I did. I'm writing a memoir documenting my journey and I'm hoping the first draft to be done before the end of the season. This is my personal goal for the season off the court.
Who was the hardest player to play against that you have found in the italian league?
The hardest player to play against in the Italian league is the referees!
Who was the best teammate you had so far?
I have had many great teammates here in Italy so to choose only one would not be fair.
Your twitter bio said: ''Executive producer & director of Basketball Jones: the overseas journey''. I saw the trailer and I think it was a great idea sharing the experiences of the american player that are trying to find their way in basketball overseas. What were the main difficulties that you have faced in your first season playing overseas?
My first season the head coach did not speak english and so the assistant coach also had to translate for me. That was the hardest because all he did was yell and it annoying after the first month. Since then all my coaches can speak english so that was good.
What are your favorite hobbies outside basketball?
I like to write, watching tv shows and movies. Also traveling the world is very important to me.
Do you have a favorite team in basketball or in other sports?
American football I like the Kansas City Chiefs, baseball I like the Seattle Mariners and growing up I was a Los Angeles Lakers fan.
Seems that you've found a second home here in Italy (this will be your 8 italian season). What part of the italian lifestyle do you like the most?
I like the food, I know the geography of the country now. Five years ago I had a teacher so I know some Italian but over the years I forget. The people are nice and I appreciate each city I get to live in.
Do you have a message to the Assigeco fans?
I'm excited for the season to start and to begin a chapter in Italy. I hope the fans are eager as well and will support us through the good and bad moments this season.
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