Hobbs benefits from year at Impact, signs with D1 Hartford

May 5, 2014

Jack Hobbs BasketballJack Hobbs of Anchorage admits he wasn’t ready for college basketball after graduating high school. So he went to the Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas and came back a man.

The 19-year-old said he improved every aspect of his game.

And now the 6-foot-7 forward is headed to the University of Hartford.

Hobbs, of South High fame, has signed his letter of intent to play for the NCAA D1 school and will be eligible this fall.

“It was a perfect fit. It checked all the boxes,” he told me. “The coaching staff has been there for three years and they are looking to stay. The players, it’s like a brotherhood. The way they play fits perfectly with the way I play.

“They wanted me and my interest was high with them. Everything worked out.”

Hobbs can stretch the floor with his size and shooting, a solid pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop type player.

“If I have a little guy on me I will take him down low. They like my ability to shoot it, so they want me to play more of a wing. The way they run their offense, they play off each other.”

He credits Impact for putting him on the map.

“Impact was the reason. They worked for me. I was training seven months in and out every day. I wouldn’t be where I am without them,” Hobbs said. “You were always working out, always learning something new and facing new competition. It was really good.”

His older brother Tommy just completed his sophomore season at New Orleans. They will be among a record 11 Alaska men playing D1 basketball this fall.

Of that group, six went to prep school before college.

“There are guys up here that can play at the next level, but it’s hard to get recruited in Alaska if you stay here,” Hobbs said.

Hobbs believes Impact gave him credibility.

“I wasn’t big enough, I wasn’t good enough. I needed prep school because the Hobbs family develops late,” he added. “I still have a little bit of growth left in me. I’m not even close to the filling out stage.”