Posted: 3:14 pm Friday, June 6th, 2014

Tech receives Alabama basketball transfer Jacobs 

By Ken Sugiura

The Georgia Tech basketball team has landed its third transfer of the offseason. Friday, it was former Alabama forward Nick Jacobs. At Alabama, the 6-foot-8 Jacobs averaged 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds this past season before taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team in mid-February.

Over his career, he averaged 7.3 points on .526 field-goal percentage with 3.8 rebounds.

Jacobs, a South Atlanta High grad who played with former Tech standout Derrick Favors, said that being able to play home games close to home was a big factor. He also said that Tech’s offense, which places a high value on getting the ball into the post, was better suited for him.

“I feel like my game fits Georgia Tech because I’m a banger and then at times I can step out and shoot it or drive it past a bigger defender or a mismatch,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs attributed the leave of absence to personal issues that he declined to specify.

Jacobs will sit out the 2014-15 season and will have one year of eligibility remaining. Jacobs follows former South Florida point guard Josh Heath and Ole Miss center Demarco Cox. Heath is expected to be immediately eligible as a hardship case, as his father Stan Heath was his coach at USF before being fired at end of the season. Cox will transfer after graduating from Ole Miss and will be immediately eligible.

Jacobs said he planned to enroll in summer school later this month.

Tech is in the running for Maryland transfer and Wheeler High grad Charles Mitchell, who is trying to return closer to home to be closer to his ailing grandmother. With forward Stacey Poole’s scholarship not being renewed for the upcoming season, coach Brian Gregory has one more scholarship available.

If Mitchell or another player transfers in, that will mean that seven of the 13 scholarship players will not have been on the roster last season. That does not count Robert Sampson, who sat out last season as a transfer.

24 comments
JM64
JM64

torn with all these transfers. I am glad these players are interested in GT, not happy with the losses from GT. In general I don't like the direction colege basketball is taking with the semi-pro mentality of the players and coaches.

Peachs
Peachs

Gregory doesn't lay around feeling sorry for himself. He can and will compete. How can this program be so under the radar? Basketball is parity nobody is that good or bad it can change dramatically in one year especially with experienced players.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

I don't think I've seen this many new faces from one season to another in the basketball program ever.  Georges-Hunt very well could be the only starter from last season that opens this season as a starter.  Miller and Carter are gone, PG is 3 way toss up between Heath, Heyward, and Jorgenson with none of them have the inside track over the others, and Bolden has a more talented, better shooting incoming freshman in Tadric Jackson breathing heavily down his neck for a starting spot.  Things will be interesting come November.

GTsid
GTsid

Stacey Poole is out also?? or did you mean his brother

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

We find a grad program for Demarco Cox coming from Ole Miss (another one and done) but failed to find spots for two Tech graduating offensive lineman before the 2010 football season that most likely played a big part in the loss to Kansas, seriously Kansas. The lack of those two also played a part in Joshua Nesbitt being chased most of the home game that year by NC State linebackers; unimpeded on a path right to him when we tried a pass. (like Vad's experience with V Tech and others last year).

Georgia State, where they were accepted, has stunk in football except for that first year when we gift-wrapped them those two starters.

But my question is: how does Cox get in Tech from Mississippi (inferior to Tech's undergrad program Techies believe) yet two Tech grads cannot get in.

Your insipid answer will be Tech programs necessitated experience in the real world.

However after four year of football (hard work so they deserved admittance) and probably there best year of football ahead of them, Tech was downright STUPID not to find a place for them.

Tech found one for this Mississippi "scholar" but not two of their own grads.

That's a football program that wants to lose.

grh0317
grh0317

@Big crrimson75.. What's wrong big fellow. They are jumping off those weak SEC

teams in droves. I guess the kids want to play real ACC basketball. It is astounding

how weak Bama has become. Note, hope the kid can cut grades at GT as reading and writing

on a higher level are required..Auburn now owns Alabama football as well..

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

Is this "musical chairs" or college basketball? 


Sam Clay to Twins in 4th round - imagine he is gone.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Sounds like a solid pick up to me.  We need big men.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Hahahaha......Good Luck with that guy.

Lazy, Soft, Slow, Brick-Layer from the foul line. :( :(


PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GTsid 

Both Stacey and Solomon are out.  Solomon was kicked off the team back in February.  Stacey has not had his scholarship renewed.

LongBeachJacket
LongBeachJacket

@Radar123  Your point is intriguing and a really good question.  It does beg the question, if a recruited athlete (in any sport) completes requirements for an undergrad degree at Tech on, or ahead of schedule, and still has eligibility left, should the Institute offer preferential admission to a grad program.  I can't remember the linemen, but I think one of them wanted to enroll in the MBA program...for which you don't need to be a "rocket scientist" as it is a generalist type of grad program.  I wonder if CPJ lobbied (if it was in his power to do so) for the two you mention.  Or what the factors were.  But I would say, unless there are mitigating factors we don't (and probably never will know), I would hope EVERY possible effort was made to get them in to grad school.  The detriment to the team's early 2010 performance, I think I agree with you...that matter was a definite factor. 

jquick5342
jquick5342

@Radar123 It all depends upon what the student wants to pursue in graduate school. It is not one size fits all.

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

@Radar123 FOUND? Maybe when to 2 Tech players were trying to enroll there were no spots because they had already been filled and there are some open spaces for next year.

wrecked
wrecked

@grh0317 the mighty acc  was  5-9  vs  SEC head to head in basketball in 2013-2-14

wrecked
wrecked

@grh0317 Which conference had  2  teams in the  final 4? SEC , ACC only had  on team make  sweet  16 , zero  acc make the  elite   8. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL...Suprised Nick didn't reach out to North Carolina but I guess the academics were just to tuff.

You might want to put a hold on the barn over Bama in football.

GTBob
GTBob

@BigCrimson75 Sounds like he was likely Alabama's best player. Sorry for your loss.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

GTBobby...he was in no shape or form Bama's best player. I assume he and Grant just didn't get along. Nick loafed like he a world champion at Alabama but again maybe he just made a mistake when he selected Bama and Grant. Lots and I mean lots of Bama players have left Grant's program so it's not all players. JMO

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Willie i think you missed Bob letting BigMouthCrimson know what a cheap mickey mouse soup sandwich comment he made. I thought you were sharper than that.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Willie -- You're right, it's not all the players faults.

Coach Grant needs to go like relatives after X-Mas. :(

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

I wasn't blasting Bob nor Big C...just providing info on Nick Jacobs since I have seen him play in person several times over these past two years. I live only about an hour away so my best friend take in the weekends games . Nick is a one armed player and when they shut that down he really struggles and then starts his sulking routine. Perhaps he needed a new gig to get him back into playing at a high level. We'll. JMO but I will be surprised if he is still at GT for the 2015 season.