NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Casey Alexander announced Wednesday the signing of Frank Jakubicek (pronounced JACK-cue-BEE-seck) (Cary, Ill.) to a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Bruins, starting in the fall of 2020.
Jakubicek, a 6-8 forward, averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds on 56 percent field goal percentage shooting as a junior in leading Cary-Grove High School to 21 wins and the Illinois Class 4A regional championship game. Noted by NBCSportsChicago and the Northwest Herald as one of the top returning players and 3-point shooters in the Chicago area, Jakubicek hails from the same high school conference that produced former Belmont standout forward Amanze Egekeze ('18).
"Frank offers us great size and skill at the four position and will fit nicely into our motion offense," Alexander said. "Our staff loves his competitiveness and passion for the game."
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.