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Jacobs leaving B-Town for E-Town

Bremerton’s Jenn Jacobs, used to making tough moves in the lane, as shown above against Mt. Tahoma, will be making an easier move to Ellensburg for college. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Bremerton’s Jenn Jacobs, used to making tough moves in the lane, as shown above against Mt. Tahoma, will be making an easier move to Ellensburg for college.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

From B-Town to E-Town, Bremerton’s finest basketball star since Marvin Williams left town is making her way to Central Washington University in Ellensburg next fall and will suit up at shooting guard for the Wildcats.

Jenn Jacobs, the Knights’ unflappable point guard who earned Narrows League MVP honors as a junior and averaged a sensational 18.4 points per game throughout her high school career, made up her mind almost two weeks ago and made the decision public this week.

“It took a really long time for me to figure it out,” Jacobs said. “I thought about it night and day. It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my life. I know I made a good decision.”

Having that confidence in her choice made the wait worth it for Jacobs. She was also recruited by Division I St. Mary’s in Moraga, Calif. and Central’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference rivals Western Washington and Seattle University.

Central’s location was one important part of Jacobs’ decision.

“I wanted to stay close but be far enough away to be on my own and experience college and have that freedom,” Jacobs said. “And not have the parents just drop in.”

More than that, however, the guard felt comfortable with the way she fit in at CWU and with the team.

“The atmosphere, the team, the coaches are all excellent,” she said. “The team is supportive. It was a nice campus. I basically (loved) everything about it.”

Jacobs is eager to adjust to playing the shooting guard position at Central as opposed to the floor general slot she held down for the Knights.

“It’s different ‘cause I’m a point guard,” she said. “It’s just a new position for me.”

Jacobs has been told by Wildcat coaches she will have the chance to play a lot right away.

“That’s nice to hear but not my (deciding) thing,” she said. “I’ll work hard either way.”

She is aware that at least one high school rivalry will carry its way into college as Megan Hoisington of Central Kitsap has committed to Seattle Pacific University.

Perhaps that will remind her of home from time to time.

“I’m going to miss playing here because it’s where I got my start,” Jacobs said of Bremerton. “But there’s young girls here who will carry on what I’ve left behind.”

That is certainly true, but Knights coach Daniel McInnis will miss her just the same.

“A lot of the exposure she got individually helps ... to get colleges to realize basketball is alive in this area,” McInnis said. “It helps other girls in this area get a look.”

McInnis said Jacobs’ select team experience was vital in gaining that exposure as well.

“She played in some big-time tournaments in Seattle, California, Las Vegas and other places,” he said. “They’d ask where she’s from and she’d say ‘Bremerton.’”

Wildcats coach Jeff Whitney is excited to have a “big-time” player like Jacobs joining his squad next season.

“Her ability to score is something you’re always looking for,” Whitney said. “The biggest thing we saw was her mental toughness and tenacity.”

Whitney said there are no guarantees because of the nature of the adjustment freshmen must make to the next level but “with her basketball skills and talents, she can play right away as a freshman.”

“My coaching staff and I are very excited to get a player of Jenn’s caliber and we feel she can have a very successful career as a Wildcat,” he said.

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