– BY SAM DUREN
Jacob Germany committed to UT-San Antonio today and became the third member of Oklahoma’s boys basketball Class of 2019 to verbally commit to a Division One college. The 6 foot 10 small school standout also held offers from Oral Roberts, Denver, Mercer and a host of other Division One programs.
In the Lone Star State, Germany will be joining two fellow OKPreps Standouts, Class of 2018 guard Adoiyke Iyaye of Putnam City North and Class of 2017 forward Adrian Rodriguez. Rodriguez suffered an early season knee injury and missed the bulk of his freshman season.
Germany is a sign that the Oklahoma to San Antonio recruiting pipeline is still going strong for third year UT-San Antonio Head Coach Steve Henson. Henson, of course is quite familiar with the Sooner State, as before taking over in San Antonio in 2016, he had spent the previous 6 years in Norman as Lon Kruger’s top assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
The Southern Oklahoma standout has long been one of the most intriguing prospects in Oklahoma’s current crop of seniors. At 6 foot 10, Germany immediately checks the box of having next level size. But, he’s more than just a tall presence in the paint, as he’s also a fluid athlete with great leaping ability for a player his size. Add in a soft touch on the jumper, and it’s easy to see why a rising program like UT-San Antonio would be so interested in Germany’s services.
Germany’s main attribute is his potential, as his production when playing against higher level competition hasn’t always matched that potential. Strength and high motor play are the main demerits on his scouting report. Both are traits that could be remedied by natural mental and physical progression of age. Especially with a hard nose steward like Steven Henson and a college level weight program.
For this upcoming season, Germany will lead a Kingston squad that surely is hungry after a loss to Star Spencer in the Class 3A State Finals. Kingston will be one of the favorites in Class 3A and a huge draw in southern Oklahoma all year long. Also, for any Tulsa area basketball fans looking to watch Germany, Kingston will once again be participating in the historic Tournament of Champions at the Mabee Center this December.