Leaner Jacobson will try to make an impression at scrimmageby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 31, 2009, under Sports
The Arizona basketball team takes a test drive Sunday when it holds the Red-Blue scrimmage at McKale Center at 1 p.m.
It will be our first peek at how coach Sean Miller wants to use certain players and how all the young guys interact and complement each other on the court. One of the guys mentioned as being on the fringe of the rotation — and could, therefore, really help himself — is redshirt sophomore big man Alex Jacobson.
He could carve out a role simply because of his size — 7 feet, 245 pounds — on a team overloaded with guards and wings. His listed weight hasn’t really changed since he arrived at Arizona, but his body has.
“The major thing for the whole team for the summer was lose your body fat,” Jacobson said.
“They set my goal for 10 percent for the summer. I’m at 11. When I first got here, it was 16 percent, and that changed really quick. StairMaster every day, the bike … you name it, I was on it.”
Freshman Kyryl Natyazhko (6-10, 245) likely starts at center, but 6-8 freshman Derrick Williams has been playing at that spot in practice and it’s hard to know how Jacobson fits in to Miller’s plans.
Jacobson has been working on his back-to-the-basket game and says he has been practicing his 15- to 17-foot jumper. Asked if he would be comfortable shooting that in a game, he laughed and said, “Yeah, but I haven’t really been in a game.” Jacobson played in 25 games last season, averaging seven minutes.
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