KU notebook: Future Jayhawk Markese Jacobs dazzles with windmill dunk at AAU tourney

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Kansas basketball commit Markese Jacobs of Chicago’s Mac Irvin Fire completed an acrobatic windmill dunk that dazzled onlookers Friday night at Nike’s CP3/MADE Hoops Memorial Day AAU Classic in Los Angeles.

“No. 1,” the 5-foot-11 Chicago Uplift Community High sophomore point guard responded to The Star in a text message, asked where the dunk ranked on his list of slams. “My ‘go-to’ dunk.”

The dunk was captured on tape by Lit Fuse Productions. (Jacobs is wearing jersey No. 0 in the highlight video. The breakaway dunk is the last highlight in the short video.)

“Got my first live look at Kansas commit Markese Jacobs. Big-time athlete with absurd speed. Made a windmill look easy. Can shoot it too,” Scout.com and FOX Sports analyst Evan Daniels wrote Friday night on Twitter.

The dunk came in a 16-and-under age group game in which Jacobs scored 21 points. He had 21 and 16 points in games Saturday.

“This was the breakout game that Kansas-committed four-star point guard Markese Jacobs needed,” Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi wrote of Jacobs’ performance in Friday’s game. “His Mac Irvin Fire 16U squad lost to California United on a buzzer-beater, but not without Jacobs doing his best Nate Robinson impersonation. A true high-flyer with strength at just 5-foot-10 (and that could be generous), Jacobs went wild in the second half scoring 21 points on a series of drives, jump shots and one very loud windmill dunk. We have seen Jacobs multiple times this spring and Friday was far and away his best performance,” Bossi added of the No. 70-rated player in the recruiting class of 2019 by Rivals.com.

Jacobs committed to KU on Oct. 2 after attending the Oct. 1 Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial recruiting visit. He has announced plans to attend Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix his junior year of high school.

“Jacobs reminds me of Will Bynum,” Gregg Rosenberg of arizonavarsity.rivals.com wrote on Twitter after Friday’s game.

Bacot praises KU program

Armando Bacot, a 6-10 junior-to-be from Trinity Episcopal High in Richmond,Va., who is ranked No. 24 in the class of 2019, told Rivals.com he’s considering KU, Duke, Maryland, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others.

“Frank Mason went there from Team Loaded (Bacot’s AAU team in Virginia). I like coach Townsend (Kurtis, assistant) and their system. They have had great bigs like Joel Embiid and Cliff Alexander,” Bacot told Rivals.com.

Mason picks agency

Former KU guard Frank Mason has signed with Young Money APAA Sports and Entertainment, the agency announced on Twitter. The agency is based in Dallas.

Mason, college basketball’s consensus player of the year, is currently listed as the 48th pick (by Milwaukee) in the 2017 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com..

Ellis attends Sacramento workout

Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis, who averaged a camp-leading 20.0 points a game at the recent NBA Development League minicamp for NBA scouts, participated in a workout with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Hoopshype.com says Ellis was joined by fellow prospects Jack Cooley, Bryce Cotton, Ben Bentil, Alonzo Gee, Chris Johnson, Phil Pressey and JaKarr Sampson.

The 6-foot-8 Ellis will play for the Sydney Kings of Australia’s NBL next season if he does not secure an NBA contract.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity, ready to get going. It (NBL) is highly thought of. I know a couple of people in the U.S. who know people who play on the team. I’ve heard a lot about it,” Ellis said in an interview on the Sydney Kings Website.

Ellis, who was not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft after a stellar career at Kansas, averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for Greensboro (N.C.) in the NBADL last season. He averaged 22.4 minutes per game in 50 games.

“It was different. The D-League was definitely a grind, the travel and all that,” Ellis said. “It’s all about experience. I learned a lot from it.”

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore


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