Over the weekend, 2018 Hillcrest Prep (AZ) point guard Demarius Jacobs and his team played in The Grind Session’s Kentucky Lake Showcase at Marshall County High School. They went 1-1 in their two games at the event, losing to Our Savior Lutheran (NY) and beating Wesley Christian (KY). Illinois assistant coach Orlando Antigua was on hand for the latter of the games and watched Jacobs put up 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists on the way to the win.
Illinois recently offered Jacobs, who is a quick, athletic point guard that does well to push the pace and get offense going in transition. In the half court offense, Jacobs excels at driving to the basket where he looks to score or dish to a teammate on the perimeter and is a very solid defender as well. He’ll likely look to improve on his shooting ability before playing at the next level, but his athleticism and high flying dunks make him an intriguing prospect at the point guard position.
Jacobs has been playing on The Grind Session this season, a league created for prep schools to battle it out during the high school season that includes Hillcrest Prep, which is also home to five-star sophomore and Arizona State commit Kyree Walker. He spoke on the competition level of The Grind Session, saying, “The competition level is great. Every single night you have to come out and play hard. It’s tough, I can’t even lie.”
He went on to speak about the recent offer from the Illini, as Jacobs said, “Me and one of the members of the coaching staff are real tight. I plan on taking a visit there probably next week.”
When asked if there were any other schools in the mix at the moment, Jacobs plainly stated, “No. Not right now.”
With a visit to the Illinois campus coming soon, Jacobs could be joining an Illinois recruiting class that has only signed one player so far in five-star combo guard Ayo Dosunmu. Jacobs is a native of Chicago, Illinois, so the campus’s proximity to home could play a factor in his decision. He didn’t speak on a time frame for his decision, but look Illinois to be a major player in landing the three-star point guard.
Check out the video below for Whistle 2 Whistle’s full interview with Demarius Jacobs.