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Michael Jacobson


Iowa State University

Finance and Accounting


Jacobson was the 2019 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team member. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-District, six first-team accolades and was a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, given annually by the Big 12 Conference. In addition to being an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Jacobson has been on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four semesters at ISU. He is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society. This summer, Jacobson was named to the NABC Honors Court. He has earned a degree in finance and is pursuing a second in accounting.


Jacobson is one of the most reliable and hard workers on the team. He is a member of the men’s basketball team’s leadership group. Jacobson has been on the SAAC Executive Board the last two years and serves as one of two ISU student reps on the Big 12 Conference SAAC, working for the betterment of student-athletes across the league.


Jacobson has made an impact in the community. He has spent time visiting Blank Children’s Hospital as well as visiting a sick patient. He devoted his time to the Special Olympics while also spending time at the Miracle League of Ankeny, Iowa. Other activities he has participated in are National Night Out and ExerCYse Time, an event in which kids from the community are brought together to be physically active. Jacobson has volunteered at the Salvation Army Toy Shop, Amazing Grace Lemonade Race, and CyCans Food Shelf fundraiser. Jacobson has also given motivational and educational speeches to AAU programs and alternative learning schools in the area.


Jacobson played and started all 35 games last season for the Cyclones, winning the Big 12 Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament with a 23-12 record. He averaged 11.1 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game, which was also among the top-10 in the Big 12 Conference. He finished seventh in the conference in offensive rebounding (2.2 per game). Jacobson also finished fifth in the Big 12 and among ISU’s single-season top-20 in shooting percentage at 57.6. He scored in double figures in 19 games and posted four double-doubles. He scored a season-high 23 points against Illinois in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Jacobson earned Big 12 All-Tournament team accolades after averaging 9.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in three wins at the tournament. His performance included an eight point and 16 rebound game against Kansas State in the semifinals and a 14-point, 5-rebound game against Kansas in the championship game.