Cale Jacobsen had a really good weekend.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Ashland-Greenwood star was back playing competitive basketball nearly one month to the day after he led the Bluejays to a Class C-1 state championship.
Jacobsen, an unsigned senior, played last weekend with Nebraska Supreme on the Under Armour Association shoe circuit.
“I think just playing and being able to send film out was beneficial,” he said. “Showing I can win in different ways, playing on and off the ball and that I’m a winner helps. Obviously AAU stuff helps also.”
On the drive home from Indianapolis his recruitment changed. A call from Paul Sather, North Dakota’s head basketball coach, resulted in a Division I scholarship offer, which had been his dream.
“I was pretty excited,” Jacobsen said. “Their staff said they were pretty impressed with how I played over the weekend.”
The day that changed Jacobsen’s focus was Dec. 5, 2020. That’s when he suffered a season- and summer-ending ACL tear. It was the first weekend of his junior season in high school.
North Dakota kept tabs on Jacobsen throughout his rehab.
“They talked to me a little before I got hurt,” he said. “They just weren’t sure where they would be with their roster before the season last year.”
His senior season was extremely successful. He averaged 13.9 points per game and helped his team to a 27-1 record. The play that will go down as one of the best in school history wasn’t his game-winning shot in the state championship. With the game tied at 33, the Bluejay star had the ball in his hands but instinctively found Evan Shepard for the game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Along with North Dakota, Jacobsen has received offers from Division II schools Wayne State and Nebraska-Kearney. He also took a visit to Division II power Northwest Missouri State last week. An official visit to Indiana State happened on March 19.
Nebraska has also offered him a roster spot as a walk-on.
“Obviously they (NU) have everything you would need as a player to get better,” he said. “We liked everything and it is a cool environment. With Sam (Griesel) going there I’ve gotten to know him pretty well recently. Just a lot of pieces that make the opportunity intriguing.”
A decision could come soon. He will take an official visit to North Dakota on Monday and is planning on playing for Supreme in the next NCAA live period April 22-24.
“We are just waiting to see what the right fit is and find the place that feels like home when I get to campus,” he said. “I will know when I am ready.”