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Jacobsen makes USA U18 team; Purdue finalizes series with Alabama

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Purdue official posted a couple of important announcements on Tuesday afternoon.

First,  USA Basketball has announced that Purdue men’s basketball incoming freshman Daniel Jacobsen is one of 12 players to make the U18 National Team roster, the organization revealed Tuesday afternnon.

According to the release, the 12 athletes will continue to train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before departing for the 2024 FIBA U18 Men’s AmeriCup, scheduled for June 3-9 in Buenos Aires.

Jacobsen joins a host of Purdue players that have been part of USA Basketball’s U18 and U19 squad. A year ago, Myles Colvin played in the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup in Hungary. Three years ago, both Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst won gold medals for Team USA while Zach Edey won bronze with Team Canada.

In 2019, Trevion Williams won gold with Team USA. Carsen Edwards won bronze with Team USA in 2017. Lastly, Caleb Swanigan won gold in 2014 in the U17 World Cup before winning gold in the 2015 U19 World Cup.

Jacobsen, a 7-3 center from Chicago, prepped at Brewster Academy (N.H.), is ranked in the top 100 by several recruiting services. He reclassified from the Class of 2025 and signed with the Boilermakers in November and will arrive on campus in the next month.

Alabama comes to Mackey on Nov. 15; part of home-and-home

 Also released early Tuesday afternon, Purdue and Alabama announced the start of a two-game home-and-home series, scheduled to begin in Mackey Arena during the 2024-25 season. 

The Boilermakers and Crimson Tide will start the series in West Lafayette on Nov. 15, 2024, in Mackey Arena. The date of the 2025-26 game in Tuscaloosa will be announced at a later time.

The Boilermakers and Crimson Tide both made the Final Four in Phoenix a year ago and both teams are ranked among the top 10 in many of the “Way Too Early” (No. 1 by On3/com) top-25 polls for the 2024-25 season.  A key factor is whether standout guard Mark Sears comes back for another season for Alabama as he is testing the waters in the NBA. Sears scored 35 points when the two teams met last year in the Boilermakers 92-86 win in Toronto.

The Crimson Tide, coming out of the West Region, are coming off a 25-12 season and a Final Four appearance. Alabama returns two of the top five scorers and welcomes in a talented transfer class, in addition to a pair of highly ranked freshmen. 

The other piece of the schedule that has been announced is the Indy Classic contest against Texas A&M on Dec. 14, in Indianapolis, and a Nov. 19, contest at Marquette.

Purdue links: Jacobsen | Alabama series

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