Waukee native Michael Jacobson has committed to the Iowa State men’s basketball program.
“It’s the relationship I’ve built with coach (Steve) Prohm and the rest of his staff over this process,” Jacobson told the Ames Tribune in a phone interview Monday. “I just have a great feeling (about ISU), and my parents like it, too. We just felt like it was the best place for me.”
The 6-foot-9 forward started all 31 games for Nebraska this season, averaging six points and 6.2 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. He will sit out a season and have two years of eligibility left.
“The proximity to home was a big thing,” Jacobson said. “It feels good to be back in the state of Iowa.”
Jacobson is the second sit-out transfer the Cyclones have added this spring, joining Virginia’s Marial Shayok.
“You have to approach (the sit-out year) like you’re playing,” Jacobson said. “You’ve got to practice hard on the scout team and improve your personal game.”
The Cyclones added immediately eligible big men Hans Brase, a Princeton transfer, and Jeff Beverly, a Texas-San Antonio transfer, earlier this spring.
ISU has one scholarship left for this spring with the addition of Jacobson, though Steve Prohm told the Ames Tribune earlier Monday Darius McNeill, a Houston guard, asked for release from his national letter of intent, which would leave the Cyclones with two scholarships yet available.
Jacobson expects to enroll at ISU and attend summer school early next month.
“I’m really excited,” he said.