So long Chandler Jacobs. We hardly had time to get to know you. Just over a month after the guard signed to join the Texas Tech basketball program following a four-year career at Dallas Baptist, Jacobs has now changed his mind and is headed to play his final year of college basketball at Colorado State.
Making his decision known Friday on social media, the 6-foot-3 guard has been rumored to have been concerned about playing time given the number of guards/wings that new head coach Mark Adams has brought into his program since taking over in early April.
For what it’s worth, Jacobs was the second player and first guard that Adams signed. Thus, at the time that he committed to the Red Raiders, he believed that he was going to have a major role on the 2021-22 team given that Tech had seen players such as Kyler Edwards, Micah Peavy, and Mac McClung enter the portal.
It would have been interesting to see how Jacobs’ game would have translated to the Big 12. It’s highly unlikely that he would have averaged 20.8 points and 7.4 rebounds as he did this past season for DBU. But his 54 steals from 2020-21 would suggest that his defensive acumen would have been exactly in line with what the defensive-minded Adams wants in a player.
What’s more, Jacobs shot 44.5% from 3-point range as a senior for DBU, a skill that Tech clearly wanted to add to the roster this offseason. Thus, it isn’t hard to imagine how he would have been able to fill a role on Adams’ team.
However, Tech has since added a number of players from the Division-I ranks that can do what Jacobs does. Namely, the addition of Sardaar Calhoun from Florida State gives Tech another 3-point marksman to put on the floor this year. However, no team can have too much shot from outside, and thus, Jacobs could still have carved out a niche for himself in Lubbock.
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However, it appears that Jacobs wants to be more than just a niche player. He wants to be one of the focal points of a team as he was at DBU. That wasn’t guaranteed at Tech, so that’s likely why he has joined the Colorado State program.
The Rams are coming off of a nice 20-8 season that saw them reach the semifinals of the NIT. It was their second straight 20-wins season.
As for the Red Raiders, they now have at least four scholarships to hand out and this development means that one of them is likely to go to another guard. Ideally, Adams and his staff will find one who is comfortable handling the basketball and who can create offense for both himself and for others off the dribble.
This is just the latest turn in what has been the most fascinating offseason in the history of the Texas Tech basketball program. And now, we are guaranteed to see another turn as Adams has an extra scholarship to play with. So despite the fact that members of the team are already reporting to campus for summer workouts, there’s still plenty of work to be done in assembling next season’s roster.