Rice University head basketball coach Willis Wilson has announced the signing of three recruits to National Letters of Intent to attend Rice and play basketball for the Owls starting with the 2007-08 season. Signing with Owls were Joe Jakubowski from Rossford, Ohio and St. John's Jesuit High School (Toledo, Ohio), Scott Saunders from, Franklin, Tenn., and Battle Ground Academy, and Jasen Williams from Humble, Texas, and Nimitz High School (Houston, Texas).
As a junior for the Titans of St. John's Jesuit H.S., Jakubowski, a 6' 2" guard, averaged 15 points a game, seven rebounds and 6 assists for coach Ed Heintschel. He is the son of Doug and Kay Jakubowski.
"Joe plays with a passion and has fun on the court," says Wilson. "He's a deft passer with a nice three-point stroke to match."
Saunders, a 6' 9" center, averaged a double-double last year as a junior for Battle Ground Academy and coach Gary Smith. Saunders poured in 17 points per game and grabbed 10 rebounds a game in addition to blocking 4 shots per game for the Wildcats. He was named to the Tennessee Class A Div. II all-state as a junior. Saunders transferred from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La. to Battle Ground Academy following Hurricane Katrina. He is the son of Larry and Debbie Saunders.
"Scott brings needed height and a skill-level above and beyond with what we've had this early in his career. He does it all - shoots, rebounds, passes - he's a throw-back to the way post players played in the '70's, comments Wilson."
Williams is a 6' 3" guard who averaged 12 points per game, 4 assists, three rebounds, and three steals for the Nimitz Cougars under coach Randy Gilmer. Jasen is the son of Darrell and Twanna Williams.
"Jasen has so much potential and so much up-side. When his body grows into his game he will be an explosive scorer," states Wilson. "He's a nice combo guard who can make other guys better and can take into his own hands when he needs to."
With the signing of Jakubowski, Saunders, and Wiliams Rice basketball has completed its recruiting for next year's incoming class.
2007-08 Incoming Class
Joe Jakubowski G 6-2 180 Rossford, Ohio/St. John's HS
Scott Saunders C 6-9 240 Franklin, Tenn./Battle Ground Academy
Jasen Williams G 6-3 170 Humble, Texas/Nimitz HS