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Name: Sam Jacobson
College: Minnesota
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 210
Class: Senior
Position: Small Forward
Other Position: Shooting Guard
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Stats (Provided by JazzyJ)
                  G  MIN  FG  FGA  3P 3PA  FT FTA  REB  PF AST  TO BLK STL  PTS
94-95 Minnesota  31  589  92  198  17  53  38  57  149  86  37  44   3  20  239
95-96 Minnesota  32  853 143  347  47 118  75  95  154  82  64  84   8  37  408
96-97 Minnesota  35  847 188  411  61 155  43  67  158 104  58  77   6  32  480
97-98 Minnesota  32  995 215  505  48 148 104 143  165  83  57  58   6  42  582
TOTALS          130 3284 638 1461 173 474 260 362  626 355 216 263  23 131 1709
                  MIN   FG%   3P%   FT%  RPG  APG  TPG  BPG  SPG   PPG
94-95 Minnesota  19.0  46.5  32.1  66.7  4.8  1.2  1.4  0.1  0.6   7.7
95-96 Minnesota  26.7  41.2  39.8  78.9  4.8  2.0  2.6  0.3  1.2  12.8
96-97 Minnesota  24.2  45.7  39.4  64.2  4.5  1.7  2.2  0.2  0.9  13.7
97-98 Minnesota  31.1  42.6  32.4  72.7  5.2  1.8  1.8  0.2  1.3  18.2
TOTALS           32.4  45.6  39.0  73.0  3.1  5.5  2.6  0.2  2.3  15.4

Scouting Report: Elgin Booth []
Sam Jacobson, at a legitimate 6'6, 210 lbs. will be a big off guard in
the NBA with the ability to also swing to wing forward.  A senior,
Jacobson was well-coached for four years at Minnesota by Clem Haskins. 
He is one of the more complete players in the draft.  He's a guy who has
good athletic ability and on occasion can really stroke the shot. An off
guard who can get in with the big boys and rebound.

He was a true leader for Minnesota and can take over games at times. 
Has a variety of ways to get to the basket and finish, and has the size
to get inside.  His outside shot keeps the defenders honest.  Not
wasting a lot of energy, Jacobson is an efficient scorer and clutch
performer.  Played great this year in the NIT for Minnesota to win it. 
Team made the Final Four a year ago.  He knows how to play the game, and
therefore, I believe he can make an immediate impact in the NBA and
surpass a lot of guys who will be drafted before him, such as a Toby
Bailey or Miles Simon.  Has a knack for staying in control, despite all
his moves and fallaway shots, and never puts up a bad shot. Should be a
solid backup his rookie year with a great opportunity to be a starter in
the future.

Watching his play will make you a believer.  Right now, he's a late 1st
or early 2nd round pick.  But whoever takes him will have a big off
guard who will be ready for NBA play.  I have him as the 2nd or 3rd best
off guard in the draft, yet I haven't seen Bonzi Wells play, who is
ranked ahead of him.

Scouting Report:
Decent player.  That may be damning with faint praise.  He can shoot 
well, including from three-point range, but is probably not going to 
be able to take over a game in the NBA.  I say this despite the fact 
that he scored over 20 points for something like five straight games 
this year.  He can drive the ball occasionally, but probably cannot 
be depended upon to create his own shot much.  Defensively, he is 
adequate, but his lateral quickness has been questioned and he will 
probably never be known as a defensive stopper.  Basically, I see him 
as a very good supporting player, but probably not someone that you 
want to build your team around.   In the right system, he will be 
able to provide some points either in the starting line-up or off the 
bench as long as he is not the first offensive option for his team.  
You are probably not going to go wrong taking Jacobson toward the end 
of the first round.  He is solid in all aspects of his game, though 
not really outstanding in any of them.  He should at least provide 
his team with some solid minutes at back-up shooting guard (his best 
position) or small forward, and may, with hard work, have the 
potential to blossom into a quality player like former Gopher Voshon 

Craig Simpson - Usenet Draft Commissioner

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