Sophomore guards aims to have a significant role

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By Steven Melendez/Staff Writer

 

With the FIU basketball season just around the corner, the players are getting ready for the challenges of a new season. This season’s team roster will feature seven new players that become new additions during the off-season.

Trejon Jacob, a six-foot-five sophomore guard who transferred from Seminole State College, is one of the new additions to the squad.

During his freshman season at Seminole State, Jacob averaged 13.9 points-per-game and 4.7 rebounds-per-game, leading his team in both categories.

Jacob discussed that he hopes to have a similar role for the Panthers, however understands that the team must work as a unit to find success.

“Hopefully I can have the same role. I don’t want to extend my limits too much because I know we have to work together as a team,” said Jacob. “I do want to contribute in rebounding and everything that comes with the game.”

Going into the off-season, Jacob decided to concentrate on his defensive game and footwork since many of the opponents he will face during the season will be bigger than him.

The Raleigh, North Carolina native is an efficient scorer and proved so by shooting over 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line last season.

Jacob said that for him to improve his game even more, he must continue putting in work at the gym and must always remain hungry.

“Just staying in the gym. You have to work on your craft to make you great,” said the sophomore. “If you’re good at something you should be great at it. Never settle.”

The Millbrook High School alumni averaged 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds during his career and also helped the Wildcats attend the Cap-8 Conference championship in 2015 and 2016.

During his senior season, Jacob was ranked as high as the number four player in the entire state of North Carolina by MaxPreps and was also named a First Team Cap-8 All-Conference selection.

The sophomore guard explained that he has already established chemistry with players throughout the team, regardless of the limited adjustment period.

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