BREAKDOWN: Julian "JuJu" Jacobs is an explosive 6-4, 180-pound junior guard. The athletic guard is an excellent passer and defender with the ability to get to the rim off the dribble. He had right wrist debridement surgery on May 22 and returned to full activity prior to the team's trip to Italy in the summer.
2014-15: Jacobs averaged 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists while playing in all 32 games, making 22 starts. In Pac-12 play, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Jacobs' 50.2 shooting percentage ranked 11th among all Pac-12 players and his 3.5 assists per game ranked eighth among conference players. Jacobs led the team with 19 dunks and has 38 in his first two seasons. Led USC with 36 steals. He scored in double figures 14 times, including scoring a career-high 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting vs. Oregon on Feb. 11. Dished out a season-best and career-high tying nine assists in consecutive games on Feb. 25 vs. Washington State and Feb. 28 vs. Washington. Also had a career-high three blocks in the game vs. Washington State and a career-high 10 rebounds in the game vs. Washington. Was given the Harold Jones Award as the most improved player at the Men's Basketball Awards Banquet following the season.
2013-14: Jacobs averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds and played in all 32 games for USC, making 19 starts. He was 11th in scoring, tied for fifth in rebounding, second in steals, second in assists and fourth in blocks among Pac-12 freshman. Jacobs had 116 assists which were second on the team and tied for the third most in a single season by a Trojan freshman. He also was second on the team with 34 steals which were the 10th most in a season by a USC freshman. He had nine games of seven or more rebounds and 10 games with five or more assists. Jacobs played 28 minutes off the bench in the opener at Utah State and had eight rebounds, four assists and two points. He made his first career start on Nov. 12 vs. CS Northridge and scored seven points, dished out seven assists and had two steals. He scored 14 points, had seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals vs. Xavier on Nov. 30. Scored a season-best 16 points and matched a season high with eight rebounds vs. Boston College on Dec. 8...also 5 assists. He scored nine points and had four assists and a season-best four steals vs. Arizona on Jan. 12. Very efficient in the win vs. California on Jan. 22 with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting (2-for-2 from three-point range) with four assists and no turnovers. Scored five points, had five assists and a season-best nine rebounds at Oregon on Feb. 1. Jacobs scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and matched a season high with nine assists at Washington State on March 5...also had nine assists vs. Wake Forest on Nov. 29. At the team banquet following the season was given the John Rudometkin Award for 110 percent effort.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jacobs prepped at Desert Pines High in Las Vegas, Nev. where he averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game while leading the Jaguars to a 27-3 record. Was named the Las Vegas Review Player of the Year. As a junior, Jacobs averaged 14.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.
PERSONAL: Julian was born on Nov. 23, 1994. Chose to attend USC because it has everything he wanted with good academics, good programs and a good location close to home. Likes to ride bikes in his spare time. Says his favorite players are Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo for their style of play.