Nov. 13, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The old saying goes, "everything is bigger in Texas."
The Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington metropolitan area in Texas has a population of more than 6,700,000, ranking fourth nationally, and it's a recruiting hotbed for college coaches in any sport.
This morning, the DFW area's leading scorer in 2012-13 -- Tory Jacobs of MacArthur High School -- signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for head coach Pam Borton's program at the University of Minnesota.
Jacobs is among five players to sign with the Gophers, and one of two signees from the state of Texas, as forward Rangie Bessard of Manvel High School also is among the class. In its evaluations, espnW HoopGurlz gives Jacobs a three-star rating, and Scouts, Inc. gives her a grade of 90.
"We have a special player in Tory Jacobs. She puts on a show when she plays basketball," Borton said. "She is a great scorer. She can play the point guard or off-guard, and she can get to the rim. She handles the ball extremely well, and she's a great passer, making everyone around her better. The sky is the limit for Tory, and we are excited to get a player like Tory to come to the University of Minnesota."
As a junior, Jacobs tallied 691 points (20.9 per game) to lead MacArthur to a record of 24-9. She earned All-State and All-Region honors, and was the Most Valuable Player in MacArthur's district.
"Tory gives you big-guard size. She is from Texas, which is a deep state for recruiting," Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and espnW HoopGurlz said. "She has a college-ready body and can handle the ball in transition. She has a scorer's mentality, she is great off the dribble, and she is a versatile defender. I think she is going to be a nice player (for Minnesota)."
Jacobs is entering her fourth year as a member of the varsity program at MacArthur. As a freshman, she was the only underclassman on the varsity team, earning Honorable Mention All-District honors as MacArthur won the Texas state championship.
"The list of talented players who have come out of MacArthur is lengthy and distinguished. If she continues on track, Tory Jacobs has the potential to join that lineup," Mark Lewis of Blue Star Media wrote. "Athletic and strong, she's at her best with the ball in her hands. She can create both with impressive individual skills and acceleration. In transition, Jacobs is a threat both handling it and getting out in the lanes. When zeroed in, she has all the tools to be a physical defender, too."
During the summer, Jacobs plays for the PBR Sparks AAU team, coached by her uncle, Josh Jacobs. Her mother, Sheryce Jacobs, handles all the publicity and updates the team's website, and she spoke about her daughter's basketball abilities.
"Tory is a point guard at heart, but she plays positions one through three," Sheryce Jacobs said. "She is playing the post this year for her high school team. She likes to score off the dribble and get everyone involved. She is a really good passer."
Tory attended camp at Minnesota over the summer, when the weather in the Land of 10,000 Lakes was sunny and warm. Interestingly, though, one of the things that attracted her to Minnesota is the winter weather.
"I chose to attend the University of Minnesota are because I enjoyed my time there over the summer. I attended camp there, and the campus was beautiful -- not too small, but not too big, either," she said. "I liked the coaches and players, too. I wanted to play with top players and to compete against top players, and I know that I can do that at Minnesota."
"The one thing that excites me the most about being a Golden Gopher will be getting there, working hard, and improving my game," Jacobs added. "I'm also excited for the winters and the snow. I'm a Texas girl, and we don't get much snow, so I think it's going to be fun to experience real winters!"
"I think Minnesota is a good fit for Tory because it has always had successful guard play," Sheryce said. "She really gelled well with the girls when she went to visit."
"I'm excited about being in the Big Ten, because it's where many of the best players in the country play, so every night you're playing against someone who can do the same things you can do," Tory said. "So, it will be a challenge to separate yourself from the players you're competing against."
--Michael Molde, Athletic Communications Assistant
More Information on Minnesota's Signing Class
Rangie Bessard: Story | Official Release | Fact Sheet | Borton Video | Loyd Video
Josie Buckingham: Story | Official Release | Fact Sheet | Borton Video | Riverso Video
Grace Coughlin: Story | Official Release | Fact Sheet | Borton Video | Roysland Video
Tory Jacobs: Story | Official Release | Fact Sheet | Borton Video | Loyd Video
Carlie Wagner: Story | Official Release | Fact Sheet | Borton Video | Roysland Video
Complete Signing Day Class
Summer Wrap-Up with Coach Stollings
The Gophers are done with summer practices and are a few weeks away from the 2016-17 school year.
Whalen Wins Second Olympic Gold Medal
Team USA defeated Spain in the Rio Games' final women's basketball contest.
Gold Medal Game Next for Whalen
The USA women's basketball team is undefeated heading into a showdown with France.