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Michael Jacobson named Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year

Jan 30, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Michael Jacobson (12) grabs a rebound against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones beat the Mountaineers 93-68. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior Michael Jacobson has been named the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jacobson is the third Iowa State men’s basketball recipient of the award in its seven-year history, joining two-time winner Melvin Ejim (2013, 2014).

The Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor is just the latest accomplishment for Jacobson, a Waukee, Iowa native. The finance major with a 3.80 grade point average has also been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team as well as an Academic All-Big 12 First-Team selection.

On the court, Jacobson started all 35 games for the Cyclones and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 11.1 points. He led the team in rebounds per game (5.9) and finished fifth in the Big 12 Conference shooting 57.6 percent from the field. Jacobson reached double-figure points in 19 games, including a career-best 23 points against Illinois at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

He was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team after helping the Cyclones to their fourth championship in the last six seasons. His effort in Kansas City, Missouri included a 16-rebound performance against top-seeded Kansas State in the semifinals.

Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Winners

2018-19 – Michael Jacobson, Iowa State

2017-18 – Jevon Carter, West Virginia

2016-17 – Nathan Adrian, West Virginia

2015-16 – Perry Ellis, Kansas

2014-15 – Perry Ellis, Kansas

2013-14 – Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

2012-13 – Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.