It’s now been over a week since Texas Tech began its search for a new Head Basketball Coach. Many names have been thrown out there from UNT’s Grant McCasland to the legendary (but old) Rick Pitino. Everyone who has been mentioned by us up to this point has their merits, but one man we haven’t talked about seems to embody the West Texas spirit more than anyone else. That man is Baylor Assistant Coach John Jakus.
Jakus has been a part of only two college basketball programs since becoming a coach in 2013, Gonzaga and Baylor. Two programs that have been to multiple Final Fours and even won National Championships. For the past six seasons, Jakus has been a part of Baylor’s staff, rising the ranks where he is now the Associate Head Coach and Scott Drew’s right-hand man.
Researching Jakus, I’ve run into a few things. One, his players love him. He’s a player’s coach and has good relationships with his players. Two, he’s arguably the best recruiter in college basketball right now. He’s helped bring Baylor guys like Keyonte George and Adam Flager, two guys that have the NBA written all over them. Three, he knows how to get the most out of guys. Austin Massey posted a video of Jakus giving a speech to the team a couple of years back, and it made me want to run through a wall to play for the guy.
He honestly reminds me of another coach in Lubbock. I believe if hired in Lubbock, John Jakus could be the next Joey McGuire. Beloved by his teams and absolutely loved in the community.
Jakus is a young guy that could really build this program up, bring in massive talent, and command fan support in a town that desperately wants to be good at basketball again.
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