SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State head men's basketball coach Brian Katz announced the signing of Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) forward/guard Chibueze Jacobs to a National Letter of Intent today.
Jacobs, whose first name is pronounced Chi-boo-zee, will enroll as a freshman at Sacramento State this fall. He joins Beyer High School guard George Dancer as the two players to sign with the Hornets for the 2016-17 season. Dancer committed to Sacramento State during the early signing period in November.
Jacobs, who is a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder from Canyon Country, Calif., played three years of varsity ball at Notre Dame High School after playing his freshman season at Santa Clarita's Golden Valley High School. The versatile Jacobs played all five positions on the floor for Notre Dame HS head coach Vince Oliver, and would guard the opponent's best player whether that player was a guard or a post.
As a senior and the team captain, Jacobs led the Knights to the CIF Southern Section Div. 4AA championship game and a second round appearance in the state tournament. Jacobs was named the 4AA Co-Player of the Year, first team all-section, first team all-area and first team all-Mission League after averaging 24.2 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while shooting .570 from the field, .469 from the 3-point line and .800 from the free throw line. In fact, it was Jacobs' pullup 15-foot jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining that defeated Harvard-Westlake High School, 56-54, in the section semifinals. In that game, he finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds.
In the final high school game of his career, which came in a second round state tournament loss to Viewpoint High School, Jacobs had 33 points and 17 rebounds. In addition, he was selected to play in the 2016 Valley Sports Foundation's "Battle of the Valley" Senior All-Star Game earlier this month.
During his junior season, when he was also a full time starter, Jacobs helped lead Notre Dame HS to a quarterfinal appearance at the section tournament after he averaged 16.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He was a part time starter as a sophomore when he averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds during his first season at Notre Dame. He also played on the varsity team as a freshman at Golden Valley High School.
"CJ is a very explosive and athletic player, and we are very excited he will be joining our program," Katz said. "He is very intelligent and has a high basketball IQ. In addition, he is extremely versatile and will be able to play multiple positions."
Jacobs also played high school football for two years as wide receiver and ran track all four years, competing in five different events.
Sacramento State is coming off a 2015-16 season in which the team posted a 14-17 record, won three of its final four games, and beat Montana State in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. The Hornets will return six of their top eight scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer Justin Strings and second leading scorer Marcus Graves.
Sacramento State's Signees
||Modesto, Calif./Beyer HS
|Chibueze Jacobs||F/G||6-4||200||Fr.||Canyon Country, Calif./Notre Dame HS|