Jacob Jaacks(Telekom Baskets Bonn): I Feel Like Sometimes I Pass Too Much When I Should Be Shooting

Jacob Jaacks is a 33 year old 208cm forward from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He played at Iowa(NCAA) from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2000 with Limoges (France-ProB) and then played for St. Quentin (France-ProB): 28 games: 18.4ppg, Reb-1(11.5rpg), 2.3apg, 0.9spg in 2001-2002. In 2002-2003, he started a long career in Italy as he played for Acqua Lauretana Biella (Italy-SerieA): 12.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 67.4% 2, 48.6% 3 (1.7 made a game), in 29.5 mpg. In 2003-2004, he played for Edimes Pavia (Italy-Lega2): 23 games: 12.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.0apg, in March ’04 moved to Calefacciones Farho Gijon Baloncesto (Spain-LEB1): 5 games: 15.4ppg, 5.4rpg. In 2004-2005, he played for Lauretana Biella (Italy-SerieA): 32 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5(8.2rpg), 1.6spg, 2FGP: 62.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%,. In 2005-2006, he played for Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA): 33 games: 11.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 52.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 55.6%, FT: 75.9%; Italian League: 32 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 67.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), in Oct.’07 signed by BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Ukrainian Superleague: 18 games: 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 70.0%; ULEB Cup: 11 games: 5.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 64%. In 2008-2009, he played for Banca Tercas Teramo (Italy-SerieA): 31 games: 6.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 83.9%. Last season, he played for Hapoel Afula (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 68.6%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have a solid 9 man rotation but it seems like often the club is carried by Nic Wise, Folarian Campbell and Jeremy Hunt. Is it not dangerous to always rely on them for scoring input?

We seem to depend on them in many games and we need to find a balance in our play. We have a lot of young players and other guys that step up when they might have an off night.


What do The Telekom Baskets Bonn have to work on in the second half?

We are not a perfect team and have to work on a bit of everything. Consistency is very important as is defense. We will start with defense and build from there.

You are playing your first season in Bonn. How do you like it in Germany?

I like Bonn a lot. It is a great club with a nice arena and great fans. I am not playing as well as in Italy two years ago, but I hope to get it going in the second half of the season.

You are averaging 16 minutes per game. Are you content with your role?

The 16 minutes playing time reflects my inconsistency. I am a fighter and will keep working. You have not seen the best of me yet. I have a lot of respect for coach Koch.

What is a strength in your game that isn’t always recognized right away?

My passing. I feel like sometimes I pass to much when I should be shooting more.

Which player did you look up to in terms of passing?

A guy like Sabonas. I always tried to mold my game after him. Sabonas could do a little of everything. I always try to do what the coach wants me too do, playing good defense and getting everyone on the same page.

You grew up in Cedar Rapids. How was your childhood?

It was nice. I didn’t get recruited out of high school and went to junior college. I performed well there and went on to Iowa. 11 years latter I am still playing. If I would told someone 15 years ago that I would still be playing in 2011, nobody would of believed me. I have been fighting and pushing my whole career.

How far can you walk in Iowa without seeing anybody?

Iowa is very country like. All I can say is that you can walk a long way.

Who were your NBA idols?

I didn’t really have any idols. I just liked watching the game of basketball.

If you had to prepare your game to an NBA player who would you compare your game to?

I would compare my game to a poor mans Dirk Nowitzki. I am nothing close to what he isI like to shoot, but do more post up play. I am a pretty mobile big guy that likes to run up and down the floor which is harder to do the older I get.

Was there an NBA player that you didn’t like at all?

There wasn’t really a guy I never liked except maybe Dennis Rodman, but I liked him when he played for the Chicago Bulls. I never liked players who played dirty and didn’t have any skill and just created chaos.

What were your nicest memory at Iowa(NCAA) on and off the court?

I remember beating Kansas at their place stopping their 64 game winning streak at home. I remember reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 and beating UCONN at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Off the court, just being an honour playing at the biggest college in Iowa.

Who was the best NBA player that you played against?

I played against many great players in my 4 years of NBA Summer league. I took part in the Toronto Raptors pre season and played with Vince Carter. I also played pick up basketball with Michael Jordan as I was a counsellor in his summer camp.

You have played in six different countries before coming to Germany this season. What was your nicest stop in Europe?

Italy was the nicest place to play. I established my career there reaching the playoffs and being an Allstar. My second favourite place to play has been Germany. I hope to end my career in Germany. I like Germany because it reminds me the most to the States.

You played together with ex NBA player Ryan stack at BC Kiev. Who won a one on one in practice?

Stack was more of a center, but we had our battles. Stack was a great player. We got far that year reaching the semi finals of the Eurocup. Stack retired two years ago.

What do you like most in Bonn?

There is so much to do in Bonn. There are great restaurants and nice sights. I like to go down town and walk around the most.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?

50

What was your most crazy shot that you ever made in a game or practice?

You can see it on Youtube. I made a three pointer with my back to the basket and threw up over my head.


How is it playing with German national player Tim Ohlbrecht?

He is very tough and he has been getting stronger as the season has gone along. He has a very bright future if he keeps working. He is about the most physical young guy that I have ever played with in my career. He has a very good mental and physical approach to the game. He has NBA athletic ability, is smart and has a lot of respect. I try to help him on the court.

What would you like to do after your professional basketball career?

That is the million dollar question. I either want to start a business or get into coaching.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I saw the fighter with Mark Wahlberg and give it two thumbs up.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.

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