It’s Alabama over Georgia, Clemson and Florida for one of nation’s top prospects

One of Georgia’s top uncommitted basketball prospects said on Tuesday that he will sign with Alabama over Georgia, among others.

South Atlanta High’s Nick Jacobs announced his college decision, with Alabama edging out Clemson. Georgia and Florida were the other finalists. It was tough news again for Georgia, which lost Milton High power forward Julian Royal in a head-to-head battle with Georgia Tech last week. Both Jacobs and Royal are ranked among the nation’s top 100 college basketball prospects.

“I liked all the schools, but picked Alabama because it was the best fit for me,” Jacobs said. “I had built a close relationship with Alabama’s coaches and players. I like Alabama because it’s a winning program and I know we have the talent to win an SEC championship.”

The 6-foot-8, 255-pounder admitted that he was leaning to Clemson before taking his four official visits. After the whirlwind tour of recruiting trips, his mind changed several times before settling on Alabama.

Regarding Georgia, Jacobs said he “loved the coaches and players” but wanted to play a little further from home.

Jacobs averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds last year at South Atlanta.

“[Alabama] is going to get a good kid who is very strong and knows how to use his body in the post area,” South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick said. “He has a great work ethic and wants to be the best he can be.”

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Bruce Mac

October 26th, 2010
12:00 pm

Dawg House

October 26th, 2010
12:09 pm

Hey.It’s going to take at least one good, winning season in Athens to get recruits to believe in us.

We are all excited about how good we may bethis year, but in reality, we went 14-17 last season with absolutely nothing to show for it.

I look for things to change NEXT recruiting season, after we have a good year and play in the Big Dance. Then we will see some in state recruits staying home.

Brown Dog

October 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

Welcome, Nick. After February, you’ll have plenty of other Georgia kids to share the driving.

Bama Basketball

October 26th, 2010
12:30 pm

Alabama’s Basketball Capacity 15,383
ENHANCEMENTS
Coleman Coliseum is undergoing its greatest transformation ever this year as new offices, locker rooms and meeting areas for men’s basketball are being created within the existing edifice. The expansion will create an all-encompassing working space for the men’s basketball program, connecting the main playing arena with the practice facility. The enhancement is scheduled to be completed by October 2010.

Georgia’s Capacity: 10,523
About The Expansion
The existing main concourse level of approximately 30,000 square feet will be fully renovated, including modernization and addition of restrooms, upgrades to concession area, a new merchandising area, a first aid room, a new ticket sales area, and new graphics and way finding signage. The renovation will not affect seating within the bowl.

SHANE

October 26th, 2010
12:31 pm

Roll Tide Nick!

ok guys

October 26th, 2010
12:33 pm

But guys I thought Fox was the best coach ever! Wrong Doggies!

Thriller Dome

October 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

Dawg House
The in-state recruits are already staying home, but they want to play in the Thriller Dome – not the Dog House.

Outside Observer

October 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

SEC Basketball… enough said. Florida had a few great years and Kentucky has the history, plus they take a majority of the one-and-dones with Calipari leading the charge. But if you want to play with the big boys, you won’t find it in the SEC.

UGAVIII

October 26th, 2010
12:49 pm

Seriously….nobody in Athens really cares. Like most I thought this was about a football recruit and thus tuned in but NOBODY outside the Athletic Department cares about UGA basketball. Sure we’d love that program to win but we certainly aren’t going to lose sleep over it! LOL Football rules in the SEC and for that we’d sell our soul to the Devil. But we would not even give up used chewing gum for basketball.

jasont13

October 26th, 2010
12:50 pm

He mentioned a winning program. When was the last time Alabama went to the NCAA Tournament? 2006?

jasont13

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

UGAVIII, your not a true UGA fan or an alum. Every UGA fan and alum I’ve spoke with is excited about the up coming basketball season in Athens. So either your only a fan of UGA football or just a fan of another school posing as a UGA fan.

georgedawg

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

You Alabama fans have a great deal to cheer about. Another tough loss for the dogs. It doesn’t seem that Georgia high school stars in football and basketball have much sentiment to go in state and try to make take Georgia to the top. I know we get some but certainly are losing to many of the top players. We have some awfully tough competition from Alabama, Auburn Florida.

jasont13

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

@ ok guys, Fox did a great job beating your jackets didn’t he?

Alabama is a winning program?

October 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

“I like Alabama because it’s a winning program and I know we have the talent to win an SEC championship.” Boy, someone shot this kid a line of bull!!! He does realize he is going to play basketball and not football, right?

collegeballfan

October 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

Bama Basketball at 12:30 pm has an excellent point.

UGA has a problem of their basketball program not being perceived as a national program that matters. The main reason is high school size crowds in the home stands.

If the UGA grads will support the programs with “butts in the seats” and not “comments on the blog” that will change very quickly.

tre

October 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

“Alabama being a winning program.” Bama has been down, but they have had success. They have had 7 regular season titles and 6 tournament titles, UGA has had 1 regular season title and 2 tournament titles. I just think that there are plenty of players to go around for all the schools, and we dont need to fight about it.

booker T

October 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

Cut the check bama!

Bruce Mac

October 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

I certainly understand the UGA snub but why oh why do you pick Bammer over the Gators? Good luck with winning the SEC knuckle head.

Alabama is a winning program?

October 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

@ Tre. I see you left Florida out of your post. Haven’t they won two national titles since Alabama was relevant in college basketball? What made you assume I was a UGA fan? Who knows the real reason why Jacobs picked Alabama over Clemson, Florida, and UGA; but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because Alabama IS a winning program. My guess is playing time and the hopes for a “one and done” season would be the closest to the truth, but I don’t know him personally. The other 3 schools he was considering have much better prospects for a winning season this year. But maybe he is good enough to elevate Alabama. We shall see!

82Dawg

October 26th, 2010
1:28 pm

Southwest Atlanta is farther away from Athens than it is from University of Alabama

joe

October 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

““Alabama being a winning program.” Bama has been down, but they have had success. They have had 7 regular season titles and 6 tournament titles, UGA has had 1 regular season title and 2 tournament titles. I just think that there are plenty of players to go around for all the schools, and we dont need to fight about it.”

Alabama is a cesspool, in a run down, third rate state that is only behind Mississippi as the worst in the U.S. Alabama basketball hasn’t been worth a damn in forever.

Ron

October 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

Coach Fox, who I like very much, has to have a good year. Winning helps recruiting. Remember a few years back when a lot of Football Players had Rutgers on their recruiting lists? It was because Rutgers was winning. Up until that time, I’ll bet that recruits had no idea where Rutgers was located. Just win Baby.

joe

October 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

“Alabama’s Basketball Capacity 15,383
ENHANCEMENTS
Coleman Coliseum is undergoing its greatest transformation ever this year as new offices, locker rooms and meeting areas for men’s basketball are being created within the existing edifice. The expansion will create an all-encompassing working space for the men’s basketball program, connecting the main playing arena with the practice facility. The enhancement is scheduled to be completed by October 2010.

Georgia’s Capacity: 10,523
About The Expansion
The existing main concourse level of approximately 30,000 square feet will be fully renovated, including modernization and addition of restrooms, upgrades to concession area, a new merchandising area, a first aid room, a new ticket sales area, and new graphics and way finding signage. The renovation will not affect seating within the bowl.”

Not sure what your point is, but Coleman Coliseum is an outhouse, worse than Stegeman was before all the renovations. As for size, who cares? Ever seen what the best basketball program in the country plays in? By best I mean Duke. At least they’ve been the best for the last few decades.

Gary

October 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

I wish Georgia would drop basketball. Focus all efforts on football.

Corey

October 26th, 2010
1:42 pm

Yeah I’m with Joe. I went to UA undergrad and am at UGA for grad school. If I’m Nick, there are a lot of reasons I may pick UA over UGA, but the expansion/facility size isn’t it. Coleman isn’t ever full unless the gym team is in there, and it’s going to still look outdated even after the expansion. Add to that…UGA’s practice facility connected to Stegeman is by far one of the top 3 in the US. I’ve been told that by many, many visiting coaches. Facillity wise the entire basketball complex in Athens is by far much better than UA’s, regardless of size.

Kirby Smart

October 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

Looks like we own the puppies in basketball too.

Bright Idea

October 26th, 2010
1:47 pm

Do you think some of these recruits are afraid of the diligence of the A-CC and UGA police departments and the AJC? “I wanted to play further from home.” or “If I mess up it won’t be front page news for at least 24 hours and I can splain it to mama first.”

Hey, 82 Dawg...

October 26th, 2010
1:48 pm

…you can tell you went to UGA if you really thing that Tuscaloosa is closer to the kid’s home than Athens –

You do know, don’t you, that UA is in Tuscaloosa, at least 3 hours away (that is at least 180 minutes), while Athens is 90-100 minutes at the most…oh, I forgot, you think because you gain an hour (going from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standarad Time) that it only takes 2 hours to get there – but, if that is true, doesn’t it take 4 hours to get back? Or is this higher math too much for you?

Crumpy Frisky

October 26th, 2010
1:50 pm

joe must be still bitter about the infamous blackout of 2008.

Only wish Wal Mart would’ve taken back his Noshow Moreno jersey the Sunday after.

Could have used that $20 to take the family to Shoneys for Brunch in Winder.

Lake Oconee Dawg

October 26th, 2010
1:54 pm

Dawgs loose another BB prospect! They also lost the Milton High School kid.
We need help to go with a great team. It will be one of the better teams in college BB. For 2 or 3 years the Dawg can compete with any team. Even the trade school on 14 th street(dirtdobbers). Have a great day. Go Dawgs!

Chi Town is on the prowl ladies

October 26th, 2010
1:57 pm

Ohhhhhh yeah… the mutts lose to Georgia again. Ohhhh yeah Ohhh yeah

Basketball

October 26th, 2010
2:04 pm

Stegeman “crackerbox”, looks like a run down Arby’s

Heart Attack

October 26th, 2010
2:05 pm

I thought you were talking FOOTBALL

db

October 26th, 2010
2:09 pm

Slamma Jamma. Losers in both football and basketball. UGay #2 (as in….. ewe doodie!)

spider

October 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

dawg 82, your just jokeing right?

To UGAVIII

October 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

Speak for yourself. Many fellow UGA fans I know like basketball also. Sure, football is bigger, but it is not an either/or situation. You can love UGA football and also be a Dog basketball fan without hurting the football team. Personally, I like being able to cheer on UGA teams year round. Look at the record: 132 SEC titles, NCs in 8 different sports.

Basketball

October 26th, 2010
2:14 pm

Atlanta pipeline to Bama is officially open in basketball. Thanks to Anthony Grant

KD

October 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

Florida is farther away from South Atlanta than Alabama is.

Bruce Mac

October 26th, 2010
2:22 pm

Yea Bammers, get those NIT banners ready to add to the Coleman Coliseum rafters. I am sure they are shaking in there boots in Lexington, Gainesville, Knoxville and Baton Rouge at the jugernaut that is now Alabama Basketball. You UAT folks are too darn funny, can’t even beat UAB much less win in the SEC.

McKoy

October 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

His teammate, Dominique McKoy had all offers pulled. Couldn’t happen to a better kid. Sad family, sad situation.

Nahila

October 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

Well, Jacobs just blew it, he could have had a stellar career at UGA and a better life after basketball days are over had he remained in Georgia.

Bernard Winestein

October 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

What’s with these guys and the good fit – bad fit deal? What exactly does that mean? Sounds like an O.J. line.

Crumpy Frisky

October 26th, 2010
2:39 pm

Bruce Mac = Douche Bag

Bruce Mac

October 26th, 2010
2:40 pm

Bernard, good fit = more benefits. Changed my mind after my oficial visit (wink wink). I loved those boosters. Got it now, keep it down home cuzz.

COME ON PEOPLE

October 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

Let’s keep our eye on the ball here people. Just congratulate the kid for making his decision and getting to play college level basketball. He didn’t critize UGA, just chose differently. Best of luck to you and Roll Tide.

Steven

October 26th, 2010
2:56 pm

Hey Jasont13 FYI. I believe Bama Basketball is #2 in SEC wins.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

Bama over Georgia and Florida….. sometimes you wonder what kind of “incentives” entered in to his decision.

KevinM

October 26th, 2010
3:13 pm

Good choice by the Jacobs kid. Anthony Grant is making inroads into the state and he should. Lots of kids here to choose from.
No top Georgia kid should ever get out of the state. It will take a major transformation by Georgia and Tech to keep these kids instate.

It does take winning, thats for sure, and consistency in the tournament.

JB

October 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

Wonder if this kid saw the movie ” Deliverance”………………Welcome to Bama Bro.

Speedygurl

October 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

Good job Nick! WOW!