October 16, 2015 Last season as a sophomore, Waukee post Jacob Rau played in all 24 games for one of the state’s best teams, backing up two of the state’s best bigs. This season Michael Jacobson and Anthony Nelson are…
October 16, 2015
Last season as a sophomore, Waukee post Jacob Rau played in all 24 games for one of the state’s best teams, backing up two of the state’s best bigs.
This season Michael Jacobson and Anthony Nelson are gone, and Rau will be the guy to control the paint for the Warriors.
The 6-foot-7 big has already created a buzz among Midwestern college programs, and has seen some initial interest come in from Division I to Division III programs.
“I’ve heard from Lehigh, they sent me a letter. The University of South Dakota called me and then sent me some information. Wayne State sent me a big packet. And then I’ve been hearing from Briar Cliff, William Penn, Central, and South Dakota State invited me to their elite camp this year,” said Rau.
“I’d say Briar Cliff and South Dakota have to be the two schools I’ve seen the most interest from.”
While spending his offseason running with Martin Brothers 16U, Rau says rebounding and simply being a dominant post presence were his priorities.
“I thought that the best thing I did this offseason was be a dominant rebounder and a dominant post-player. The things that I thought I could improve on was I could have shot the ball better and I could have played better help defense, and I’ve been working on that stuff,” said Rau, who defined his style of play to PHI.
“I’d say my strength is my effort, going after all boards. And my post offense and defense has really been good the last couple of years.”
As he heads into his junior season with the Warriors, it’s Rau who will now carry the load in the post for Waukee.
“I think this year should be a lot different with Michael Jacobson and Anthony Nelson leaving,” said Rau. “I’m going to have to be in the post and get a lot of boards because we lost a lot of size, and I’m going to have to be a dominant force in the post on offense and on defense.”