Markese Jacobs Commits To His "Dream School"

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

October 2, 2016

9:00 P.M. CST

Well, so much for Madness weekend having no impact on underclass recruits, as has usually been the case in the past.  As it turned out, no underclassman in the country felt the impact more than 5'11 2019 point guard Markese Jacobs from Uplift High School in Chicago.  That is because Jacobs ended up making Late Night In The Phog at the University Of Kansas a platform whereby he ended up announcing his commitment to the Jayhawks and head coach Bill Self.

Jacobs chose Kansas over scholarship offers from a handful of other in-state D1 schools.  But make no mistake about it--from the moment that the Jayhawks began recruiting him, Jacobs knew that is where he wanted to play his college basketball at.

To be more specific, Kansas came forward with a scholarship offer to Jacobs at the conclusion of the July evaluation period.  Almost immediately after that, Jacobs made plans to attend Late Night In The Phog.  At the time virtually no one realized that it meant that his commitment had for all practical purposes become a done deal.  And as another astute observer told us, "when you have an elite-level player with this type of opportunity at such an early stage, you jump on it."

Carrying matters a step further, Jacobs reminds many observers (including the Jayhawks coaching staff themselves) of former Kansas All-American point guard Sherron Collins, who like Jacobs is from Chicago, having starred at Crane Tech on Chicago's west side. Needless to say, Jacobs has taken that comparison to heart.  Add in the fact Jacobs considers Kansas to be a guard-oriented school where his style of play is ideal for the type of offense Self likes to employ, and it is easy to see why it turns out to be Jacobs' "dream school."

As has been the case so many times with Chicago recruits, Jayhawks assistant coach Jerrance Howard was absolutely huge in enabling Self to close the deal.  Howard was pivotal in convincing Self to offer Jacobs early, watched him throughout the July Evaluation Period while he was on the travel team circuit with the Mac Irvin Fire and built a relationship with Jacobs that was so strong that ultimately it meant that Jacobs was never really considering any other school.  The bottom line is that Howard has consistently shown that when he zooms in on a recruit out of the Windy City, he is going to end up getting him in the fold more often than not.

Jacobs enjoyed an outstanding summer with the Fire and as a result won our Summer Award as the Fastest Rising Underclassman (  In doing so, he established himself as a household name not only in Illinois but also nationally, proving without question that he is among the top point guards in the 2019 class.

Jacobs sports superb quickness and is absolutely superb in transition and the open court.  While Markese excels in an up-tempo system first and foremost, he has shown that he can get it done playing at any tempo.  That is because he has exceptional playmaking skills, plays under control and makes good decisions.  Although a bit of an erratic shooter, Jacobs has also shown that he can make opponents pay from beyond the 3-point stripe if left unattended.

With his commitment, Jacobs becomes the first member of the 2019 recruiting class for Self and the Jayhawks.  What we find interesting is that at the present time the Kansas coaching staff is also evaluating another of the top point guards in Illinois from 2019--6'0 Marquise Walker of St. Joseph High School in Westchester, IL and is considering the possibility of whether or not he and Jacobs would be able to play together in college.


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