While many of the IU basketball recruiting prospects who attended Hoosier Hysteria were more locally-based, Jacob Theodosiou trekked a long way to get down to Bloomington for the event.
Why did he want to make the nearly six hour journey from Western Reserve Academy in northern Ohio?
The class of 2024 guard already has good vibes with Indiana, but more important, he sees a playing style that is a potential good fit.
“Indiana was the first school that ever reached out to me, so they hold a soft spot in my heart for that for sure,” Theodosiou told The Daily Hoosier. “I just feel like with Coach Woodson I really fit the way they’ve explained his style of play, utilizing shooters and bigger guards. I am really interested in the way they play.”
While he preps at Western Reserve, Theodosiou hails from hockey country in Waterloo, Ontario. But make no mistake, he is a basketball junkie, and that shared passion for the game is what stood out most during his visit to Bloomington.
“Honestly just the atmosphere,” Theodosiou said when asked what stood out during his visit. “They really love basketball, and I really love the game as well. We share the same passion for the game and I really want to play somewhere that they love basketball as much as I do, so that was really a focal point for me.”
Theodosiou’s love for the game repaid the the sophomore as he was able to represent his country over the summer.
The 6-foot-4 Theodosiou considers himself a combo guard. He likes to play the point but when he played for the Canadian National team over the summer he thrived at shooting guard. Canada finished third and qualified for the World Cup, and Theodosiou had one of the highest 3-point percentages (52 percent on 13-of-25 shooting) in the recent history of the FIBA Americas event.
“That has to be the best experience so far of my life,” Theodosiou told The Daily Hoosier. “It was truly an honor to wear your country across your chest.”
Indiana was able to identify Theodosiou early through a close relationship on the coaching staff at Western Reserve. After watching some film, a few strengths including that shooting prowess caught IU’s attention. Theodosiou believes that is one of his two greatest strengths on the basketball court right now.
“My IQ and my shooting are my best attributes,” he said. “I shoot the ball at a high level. I’m still making little corrections to get better everyday. With my IQ I see the floor better than most, I’m a bigger guard, so I’ll be able to see the big cutting or be able to see the play before it happens.”
To this point South Carolina, Youngstown State, Lehigh and Ohio have offered Theodosiou. Indiana plans to keep an eye on him and attend some games as he competes against a challenging schedule this fall and winter.
For spring and summer basketball Theodosiou plays for the Pennsylvania-based Wildcats Select program on the Adidas circuit. You can watch some of his highlights with that organization below.
2024 6'2 Jacob Theodosiou is a natural floor general.The smooth guard gets to the basket at a high pace and is a knock down shooter! The top frosh out of Canada is a special addition to the WildcatFAM!!!
Coaches keep an eye on him he can go!!!@DTheodosiou pic.twitter.com/LlhIgvb4Cc
— WildcatFAM (@wildcatfam24) April 14, 2021
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