Frank Jakubicek, a 2020 Power Forward prospect out of Cary-Grove H.S. (Cary, IL), is a player who started garnering some attention from schools over the past year and picked up an offer from Belmont after taking a visit this past winter. During the course of his junior season and the spring AAU season, competing with Quad City Elite, the 6’8” 220-pound power forward received more and more attention from other schools. As other schools moved in with offers, Jakubicek could not fight the feeling that Belmont was where he wanted to be, and as of late June he accepted their offer and verbally committed to becoming a Bruin.

“They first started recruiting me about a year ago. I went on a visit in November and really liked the campus and the atmosphere.”  Jakubicek said and added that “They're really big on culture, which is something I value. Plus they have a really successful program, so I kind of kept them in the back of my mind as one of my top choices.” The talented and physical big man then waited out the process a bit, continued working hard, and enjoyed the recognition of his efforts from different schools, which included offers from DePaul, Wright State, Western Michigan, Akron, Northern Illinois (NIU), Illinois-Chicago (UIC), UW-Milwaukee, and Bradley.

“When more offers started rolling in, obviously I was excited, but never as excited as I was when Belmont offered. I took that as a sign.” Knowing Belmont only had one spot left and knowing that is where he felt best about going, Jakubicek finalized his decision and accepted the opportunity to continue his education and basketball career after high school as a Belmont Bruin.

Jakubicek is a post player who has a nice overall skill set though as he has some guard type skills and can stretch the floor a bit, but still has the frame and strength to compete on the blocks. He has a perimeter shot that he knocks down with confidence and good consistency, he can turn in the post with short shorts either hand, he rebounds aggressively on both ends and is a physical presence overall defensively with his effort and intelligence. The 6’8” forward is still putting in work though on his all-around game and his athleticism. “I'm always trying to improve my mobility and quickness and my on-ball defense,” Jakubicek commented about areas he is focusing on improving most right now.

His final season at Cary-Grove is certain to be one full of memories for Jakubicek and his teammates. For Jakubicek the journey will go on, and that is a journey he worked hard to put himself on… and one he no doubt is going to enjoy as he steps on campus at Belmont in a year’s time.