|High School:||Waukee, Iowa|
Honors & Awards
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015; Spring 2016)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
At this time last year, one of the biggest question marks was the playing status of Michael Jacobson. The freshman missed nearly two months of workouts because of off-season foot surgery and didn't return to practice until mid-October.
The time off didn't hurt Jacobson, as he not only played in all 34 contests, but moved into the starting lineup in mid-December and remained throughout conference play. He became just the second Husker freshmen in 15 years to start every conference game and ranked among the top freshmen in school history in both blocked shots (fourth) and rebounds (fifth).
Jacobson showed his potential during the Big Ten Tournament, averaging 6.3 points on 50 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
With a healthy offseason, Jacobson has worked hard not only on his body but refining his game. He has added nearly 20 pounds to his frame and has worked on his shooting range to give the Huskers a more varied offensive attack.
Jacobson played in all 34 games as a true freshman, including 25 starts, and averaged 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Jacobson finished his rookie year fourth on NU's freshman blocked shot list (28) and fifth in rebounds (141). He led NU in blocked shots and was third in rebounds despite being one of the smallest centers in the Big Ten.
He closed the season with a solid effort in the Big Ten Tournament, averaging 6.3 points on 50 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in three games during the Big Ten Tournament. He posted a career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added six rebounds and two blocked shots against Rutgers before blocking a career-high four shots in a win over Wisconsin the following day.
Jacobson started all 18 conference games, averaging 4.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He ranked third among all Big Ten freshmen in blocked shots in conference play and was seventh in rebounds. He reached double figures three times, including a 13-point effort on 5-of-7 shooting against Rutgers on Feb. 6, and 10 points apiece against Maryland (Feb. 3) and Penn State (Feb. 13). He set personal conference highs with nine rebounds at Wisconsin on Feb. 10 and against Ohio State on Feb. 20. In the game against the Buckeyes, he also blocked three shots. One of his best performances in Big Ten play came in a loss to No. 4 Maryland when he had 10 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.
Jacobson, who missed most of preseason practice because of a stress fracture, was eased into the lineup during non-conference play. He came off the bench for NU's first nine games, including an 11-point, seven-rebound performance in 15 minutes vs. against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 22 before making his first career start at Creighton on Dec. 9. He sparked NU's comeback against Rhode Island, playing a then-high 26 minutes and scoring 11 points an adding four rebounds.
2015 (Spain Trip)
Jacobson provided a physical presence off the bench, averaging 4.5 points on 50 percent shooting and 6.0 rebounds per game. He grabbed six or more rebounds in three of the four games, including eight rebounds and seven points against the Europe Basketball Academy.
A four-year starter for Head Coach Justin Ohl at Waukee High School, Jacobson totaled 1,287 points, 776 rebounds and blocked 224 shots during his high school career. He was ranked among the top 200 players in the nation by some recruiting services and was rated the top player in the state of Iowa by 247Sports. He was a consensus three-star selection by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. As a senior, he earned second-team All-Iowa (all classes) and first-team Class 4-A (largest class) accolades by leading Waukee to an 18-6 record and the school’s first state tournament berth in four years. Jacobson averaged 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game. He totaled 10 double-doubles on the year, including a 28-point, 15-rebound effort against Ankeny. He was in double figures in 22 of 24 games, including 10 20-point efforts, and had a 34-point performance against Mason City. As a junior, he earned second-team all-state honors from the Des Moines Register and first-team All-Central Iowa Metropolitan League accolades, averaging 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. A very smooth shooter for his size, Jacobson also shot 81.4 percent from the foul line and averaged nearly a 3-pointer per game that season. As a sophomore, he was a Class 4A all-state pick, averaging 14.6 points and 10.5 rebounds while totaling more than 70 blocked shots. Over the summer, he played for the MoKan Elite program for Coach Rodney Perry. Jacobson was recruited by Iowa, Iowa State, Harvard, Princeton, and UTEP among others and also by Iowa State in football before selecting Nebraska. He was the starting tight end at Waukee High School which advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs in 2014. An exceptional student, Jacobson finished his high school career with close to a 4.0 GPA.
Michael is the son of Bill and Katie Jacobson and was born on April 4, 1997, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Michael has two younger sisters (Reilly and Molly) and one younger brother (Evan). Jacobson has not declared a major at Nebraska.
His father, Bill, played college basketball at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for four seasons (1983-86), helping the Mavericks to a pair of Division II playoff appearances during his career. The elder Jacobson was also a three-time Academic North Central Conference selection at UNO.